Jesus Raises His Friend Lazarus from the Dead, Part 11 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 164)

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TEXT: John 11:32-36

32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.

34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved 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 164.

John Calvin said, “Christ does not come to the sepulcher as an idle spectator, but like a wrestler preparing for the contest. Therefore no wonder that He groans again, for the violent tyranny of death which He had to overcome stands before His eyes.”

In our last message, we saw that Jesus was troubled by how death had such a hold on the lives of the people who had turned out to mourn for Lazarus. The Bible says He groaned in His spirit. He had come to bring resurrection and life into a dead situation, yet He could not help but be angered by how sin had devastated mankind. Jesus, more than anyone else who has ever lived, knew that this was not how it was supposed to be.

Jesus asks the people to take Him to the place where they have laid Lazarus. And, when He arrives at the tomb, we see another display of deep emotion from the Savior of the world. The Bible says, “Jesus wept.”

Many people have wept in the Bible, but the word used to describe Jesus’ weeping is only used here. It denotes a quiet sobbing. Henry Morris said, “Jesus did not wail loudly but He was deeply grieved.” Jesus was moved to tears for His friend Lazarus who had to experience death. He was moved to tears because Mary, Martha, and their friends and neighbors had to suffer through the grieving process. Jesus loved these people and did not like seeing them in pain.

Many people view God as austere, stern, and unemotional. But that is not how the Bible presents God to us. God feels our pain, our grief, our despair. He sent Jesus as a Man in order to show us how He really is. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. God with us in our joys and pleasures, but God with us in our sorrow and mourning as well. As tears ran quietly down Jesus’ face, the Bible tells us that the Jews said, “Behold how he loved him!”

If anyone ever doubted God’s love for us, their doubts are removed in the face of Jesus’ sorrow for His friend. Jesus loved Lazarus and Jesus loves you. Are you grieving? Jesus is grieving too. Are you in pain? Jesus feels that pain. Are you feeling depressed? Jesus knows the depths of your despair. He knows how you feel, and He hates to see you in the midst of a dead situation. That is why He came — to bring resurrection and life into your circumstances. Not only can He undo physical death, but He can bring life to those who are spiritually dead, bound to their sins, and on their way to eternal punishment in Hell, which the Bible calls “the second death.” That is a death you definitely want to avoid.

Resurrection and life can be yours today if you choose to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Are you ready to believe in Him right now? Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. 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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