Jesus Raises His Friend Lazarus from the Dead, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 157)

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TEXT: John 11:5-10

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.

8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 157.

Walter J. Chantry said, “When a sinner refuses to come to Christ, he is guilty because he has made a free choice. It reflects his own state of mind, feeling and attitude toward God and His Son. He has acted voluntarily without coercion. It is his decision.”

In the time that Jesus had tarried after receiving the news of Lazarus’ sickness, Lazarus had died and been buried. Jesus knew that that was what was going to happen.

On the third or fourth day after Lazarus’ death, Jesus began to make a move to go to Bethany. The Bible says, “Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.” Bethany was in Judaea, as was Jerusalem. The disciples’ response was, “Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?” They did not understand why Jesus would want to go back to a place where they had experienced such heated conflict, even to the point of stoning. Jesus’ normal mode of operation was to leave areas of great conflict because, in His words, ‘My time has not yet come.’

Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ concerns is somewhat enigmatic. He says, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.” It, at first, appears as though Jesus is making a simple observation about life. It is better for a man to walk or travel in the day because he can see where he is going. At night, it is dark, and he might stumble and fall.

But, Jesus’ use of these words masks a spiritual double-meaning. The first meaning applies to Himself. He is saying that He has only a short while left to accomplish the work that He was sent to do. The night is almost here for Him, so He must act while it is still day. In essence, He is saying, ‘My time is almost here.’ Henry Alford rephrases Jesus’ words as, “I have a fixed time during which to work, appointed me by my Father. During that time, I feel no danger; I walk in His light, even as the traveller in the light of this world walks by day.”

The second meaning of Jesus’ words applies to the very Jews whom the disciples wanted Jesus to avoid coming in contact with again. While Jesus was in the world, they had the Light of the World with them. They saw God in the flesh and could believe on Him. But, the window was closing for jewish religious establishment too. It was almost night. As their disbelief and hatred of Jesus became deeper, they were getting to the point where they instead of listening to Him, they would demand that He be crucified.

This reminds us that the night is coming for us all. Daylight will not always be with us. Death is a door of termination which leaves us no second chances, no do-overs, no opportunity to go back and make it right. You might wonder, How many hours do I have left? When will sunset come? Sunset came for Muhammad Ali this weekend and abruptly for Prince a few weeks ago. They have no more light, no more opportunity to believe. The choices they made in this life will follow them throughout eternity.

If you are listening right now, if breath is still in your lungs, you have an opportunity to believe. Take advantage of the light you have right now. Believe on Jesus Christ, and you will gain even more light because He is the Light of the World and no one who believes in Him will walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life inside their souls. Are you ready to believe on Him today? Here is how:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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