Jesus Raises His Friend Lazarus from the Dead, Part 17 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 170)
TEXT: John 11:47-52
47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
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 170.
R.C. Sproul said, “There are only two ways that God’s justice can be satisfied with respect to your sin. Either you satisfy it or Christ satisfies it. You can satisfy it by being banished from God’s presence forever. Or you can accept the satisfaction that Jesus Christ has made.”
In our last message, we saw how the Jewish religious leaders raised the question of what, exactly, they planned to do about Jesus, beginning by asking a rather awkward question. They believed that, for the sake of the status quo, they had to do something to stop Jesus’ influence from growing.
Apparently, the only thing the Sanhedrin could agree on was that they did not want to antagonize the Romans. They wanted to stop Jesus before people began to organize a political movement around Him that would have caused the Romans to step in and crack down on the freedoms that they had allowed the Jews. While they were resolved on that point, they still hadn’t decided on what, exactly, they wanted to do with Jesus.
Fortunately for them, the high priest, Caiaphas, came up with a plan. His proposal was essentially to let Jesus continue on His course, which would eventually draw the attention of the Romans, which would, he hoped, lead the Romans to put Jesus to death of their own will. In his words, “It is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.”
Caiaphas did not know the full weight of what He was saying. John informs us that he was unknowingly delivering a prophecy which stated the entire reason why Jesus Christ had come into the world. “He prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.”
Caiaphas was only thinking of the Jews when he made his declaration. He thought that Jesus’ death would be the means of securing the future of the Jewish people in that day and time. Little did he know, Jesus had come to save the Jews — but not from the wrath of the Roman Empire. Jesus had come to save the Jews from their sins, and from the punishment of sin which is hell.
But Jesus had not only come to save the Jews. He came to “gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.” Gentiles, Romans, Greeks, pagans, and heathens — from every group of people on Earth — there would be those who believed on Jesus. Jesus had come to die for them too — even those who were so far away from Palestine that they had not heard of Jesus yet. It was expedient, not only that one man should die for the Jews, but that one man should die for the whole world. Just as one man — Adam — put the whole world under the curse of sin.
The Jews may have plotted and the Romans may have drove the nails, but it was God who had made this great plan — to sacrifice one man — Jesus — that the whole world would perish not. Jesus’ birth, death, burial, and resurrection was a gift to the world — a gift of the grace, mercy, and love of God.
All the world has an opportunity to be a part of God’s family — to become one of God’s children. Jesus paid a price that you do not have to pay. Will you accept His gift today?
John 3:16 states, “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.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 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.”
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 I want to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Him as my Savior and 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 email@example.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.