Jesus the Triumphant, Part 18 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 194)
TEXT: John 12:44-48
44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
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 194.
W. Hall Harris III said, “‘He that rejecteth me’ is a strong expression, referring to the one who ‘rejects’ or ‘refuses to recognize’ Jesus deliberately. Again we see the polarizing emphasis of [John] the Evangelist in his recounting of these words — a person either accepts Jesus, trusting in him, or a person rejects him utterly, leading to eternal ruin.”
A young, married couple were struggling financially. One day, they got a letter in the mail from a bank where they had borrowed some money, but had not paid back. The wife, opening the letter and turning to her husband, cheerfully said, “The bank says this is our final notice. Isn’t it wonderful that they’re not going to bother us anymore?”
Ladies and gentlemen, it is never wise to ignore a final notice when it comes to money or any other serious matter in life. And what matter could be more serious than your relationship with God and the eternal destination of your soul? In our text for today, we find Jesus giving His final notice to the Jews. He is about to go to the cross to die for the sins of the world. Yesterday, we saw in the message of the dying God-Man a great urgency. He cried out that He is the Light in the darkness, the One come to save the world, not to judge it.
However, there is a more sobering side to Jesus’ final notice, especially for those who choose not to believe on Him. In verse 48, Jesus says, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
Jesus’ first coming was a day of grace. Everyone was invited to believe on Him then. Those who believed on Him began a relationship with God, began to grow into the likeness of Christ, received all the blessings that are promised to those who believe, and were given a home in Heaven. However, there were some who did not believe. These were those who ‘rejected’ Christ and ‘received not’ His words. They did not believe on Him or begin to obey Him. For these people, Jesus promises a ‘last day’ of judgment.
Jesus says that the person who rejects Him already “has one that judgeth him.” What is it that judges those who reject Christ? Jesus says it is “the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” If you reject Christ, when you face God, you will be reminded of this very day when you heard the Gospel preached plain and clear. All the Jews in first century Palestine who heard Jesus’ words but still did not believe, would be reminded of what they heard on that last day of judgment. They would, as the Bible says, be without excuse.
Jesus’ warning of a day of judgment does not diminish his earlier proclamation that He had come to save, not to judge. As one commentator said, “Both the warning of judgment to come and the appeal to believe in Jesus now are expressions of God’s great love for sinners.”
Don’t ignore Jesus’ final warning. John Calvin said that Jesus “lays aside for a time the office of a judge, and offers salvation to all without reserve, and stretches out his arms to embrace all, that all may be the more encouraged to repent.” If the simple offer of salvation does not encourage you to believe in Jesus, perhaps the warning of judgment on the last day will encourage you to do so.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.