Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 207)

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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 207.

A.B. Simpson said, “Perils as well as privileges attend the higher Christian life. The nearer we come to God, the thicker the hosts of darkness in heavenly places.”

One of the questions that the Bible does not answer for us is: Why did Jesus wait until the very end before exposing Judas? At any time throughout His ministry, Jesus could have pulled back the covers, revealing Judas to be an unbeliever. Leading up to this final week, He could have called out Judas as the enemy that he was. While we may never know the answer to this question with any certainty, what we do know is that, for the sake of the other disciples, Jesus brought some good out of Judas’ betrayal.

Jesus said in verse 19, “Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.” The disciples could not imagine that one of their own would betray Jesus. (In a few verses, we find that when Jesus states this fact plainly — “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me” — the disciples react with shocked and doubtful speculation among themselves, asking Jesus, “Is it I, Lord? Is it I?”) But Jesus, after quoting from David’s writings, predicts this betrayal and says that when it happens, the disciples ought to see it as more evidence that He is who He says He is. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state, “The fact that Jesus knew all this in advance before it happened, and that it fit the Scriptures helped the disciples after the fact to believe that God had sent Jesus.”

Judas’ betrayal could have been a catalyst that caused so much doubt and dismay among the disciples that they each eventually lost the faith that they had. Imagine the eleven being in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus, and the thing that Jesus has been talking about all along — how He would be arrested and put to death — begins to happen. And, leading the pack of Jesus’ enemies is one of their fellow disciples, one of the ones whom Jesus had called to follow Him. Judas’ betrayal probably contributed to the fact that the rest of the disciples scattered — not just away from Jesus, but away from each other — when Jesus was arrested. It cast a shadow over the rest of the disciples: If they had no idea that Judas would betray them, who else among them could be a secret enemy?

Knowing that this was about to happen, Jesus took care to direct His disciples’ thoughts back to Him. Even though they would be shocked at this event, Jesus encouraged them to remember that He, being God, knew all things.

Then, Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” By betraying Jesus, Judas was not only rejecting the place that Jesus had given him among the disciples, but he was also turning his back on God. Jesus had given a similar rule to the unbelieving Jews — that by rejecting Him, the one whom God had sent, they were rejecting God.

This statement was a reminder to the disciples and to Judas that, in the end, Judas would not win. God’s plan would be carried out. The work of Jesus would continue. And the disciples would be sent out to take the Gospel to the world.

When God sets out to do something in the world, we can rest assured that it will be done. No matter the opposition that He and His true followers face, God’s purposes will be accomplished and He will turn every bad situation around for His glory and for the good of His children. The only ones who lost out here were the devil, Judas, and the Jewish authorities that he collaborated with.

Although the disciples might have been distressed temporarily, they would recover and would find that their faith in God was strengthened for it.
Listen to this poem by C.C. Bratcher:

When trouble and sorrow come your way,
And you do not understand,
Just remember there’s a brighter day…
In God’s great eternal plan.
To everything there is a season –
It’s all under His control;
Whatever God does is best, my friend…
He’s the Keeper of our soul.

All things are right on His schedule,
He is working His great plan,
Drawing us closer to His side…
Strengthening the inner man.
Yes, everything has a purpose –
Every trial, every test;
We can always rest assured, my friend…
Whatever God Does is Best!

God does not want you to end up like Judas and to miss out on eternal blessings by rejecting Jesus Christ. If you are ready to get your heart right with God by trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour,

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 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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