Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 206)

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TEXT: John 13:16-20

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

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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 205.

Andrew Murray said, “May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God’s presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love.”

Our passage for today returns us to the wicked person of Judas Iscariot. John began this chapter with the striking contrast of Jesus whose heart was filled with love for His disciples and Judas whose heart was filled with the devil’s plans. The contrast was likely even more striking to the writer because scholars have derived from this text that it was John and Judas sitting on either side of Jesus at the supper.

Notice these words from Dr. Warren Wiersbe: “A dark shadow now fell across the scene as Jesus dealt with Judas, the traitor. It is important to note that Judas was not a true believer; he was a hypocrite. He had never believed in Jesus, he had not been bathed all over, and he had never been born again. How close a person can come to salvation and yet be lost forever! Judas was even the treasurer of the group and was certainly held in high regard by his fellow disciples.”

Jesus had just finished telling the disciples about what it meant to be a servant like Him and the blessings that would come from their humble service and sincere obedience. However, one of the disciples would not experience these rewards. Jesus said, “I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.”

Jesus knew that there was one among the disciples who would never be saved and learn true humility, who would never learn true holiness, who would never learn true servanthood. And, thus, he would never receive the happiness promised to Jesus’ servants.

This person, Judas, is likened to the person David spoke of when he lamented, “He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.” For David, this person was likely Ahithopel, one of his close advisers, who joined Absalom’s rebellion against his father. In the ancient near east, and even in the middle east today, it is a sign of disrespect to show the bottom of your feet or the bottom of your shoes to anyone. When people sit on the ground or on the floor for a meal or a meeting, they are careful to tuck their feet under them so as not to accidentally offend someone else. (It is interesting to note that both Ahithopel and Judas hung themselves after their acts of betrayal.)

Judas was now eating with Jesus, but he would go out into darkness to betray Jesus. At the time, the rest of the disciples did not know that Judas was the one whom Jesus spoke of. But Jesus knew: He said, “I know whom I have chosen.” Even though Jesus had chosen Judas as one of the twelve, He knew full well what Judas would do in the end. He knew that, even now, Judas was not saved and would not be saved. This, of course, had no bearing on Judas’ actions. He was a free moral agent who chose his own path. He chose to leave the light of Christ and the Gospel and to embrace the darkness of sin.

The warning that we must take from this is that outward appearances can be deceiving. Judas looked the part of a faithful disciple. He even had a position of leadership and responsibility as the treasurer among the disciples. Scholars believe that none of the other disciples had any idea that Judas would betray Jesus.

Someone can sit in the church, serve in the church, and even lead in the church — for decades, and yet not be truly saved. Someone can pray, read the Bible, and serve others, and yet not be truly saved. Someone can appear to be holy, righteous, a Christian, and yet not be truly saved. Someone can be near the light of Christ and still choose darkness.

Others might be fooled, but not Jesus. He looks on the heart. He knows those who are truly His.

This poem by Jamie Turner reminds us of this important truth:

Our God measures man by His standard divine,
For He sees underneath every outward design.
He looks past possessions and costly attire;
He studies the heart, every thought and desire.

Our God does not judge by how tall we may stand,
Or how much we possess, or the rank we command.
His gaze goes far deeper to things that endure;
He honors the man who keeps his heart pure.

For the eyes of the Lord are searching to and fro,
We have no secrets that our God does not know.
Our Father knows our thoughts, He understands every part.
Man sees the outside, but God sees the heart.

If you are ready to get your heart right with God by trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour, 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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