The New Commandment (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 212)

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TEXT: John 13:33-35

33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

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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 211.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God.”

Jesus continues to instruct His disciples in light of the events that are about to transpire. Jesus says, “Little children, yet a little while I am with you.” In other words, ‘I am only going to be with you a little while longer.’

The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “My children is a term of love which expresses Jesus’ concern for His disciples. It is used only here by Jesus in this Gospel. John used it seven times in his first epistle, and Paul used it once.”

By addressing them as “children,” Jesus acknowledges that, despite the years they have spent with Him, they still have a lot to learn. They are like fledgling birds who have remained in the nest. They have watched as Jesus has soared — bringing the preaching of the kingdom of God to many. They have learned much, but they still depend largely on Jesus’ physical presence. They themselves have not yet begun to fly.

This news that Jesus is going to leave them shortly is third shocking event of the night. First, Jesus washing their feet like a common slave. Then, the announcement that a betrayer is in their midst. Now, they are informed that Jesus is going away very soon. (Jesus had been trying to tell them this all along, but they still hadn’t grasped it.) For the next few days, the disciples would be like young birds, kicked out of the comfort and shelter of the nest, struggling to fly on their own. Most of them would crash land, but they would survive.

Jesus says, “Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.” Can you imagine looking for someone who has been with you for years — a spouse, a friend, a child, a classmate, a co-worker — and, suddenly, you can’t find them. You just turn around and realize they’re gone. This must have been extremely distressing to the disciples.

What was even more distressing was the idea that they would not be able to follow Jesus even as they so desired. Indeed, Jesus had told the Jewish religious establishment that the day would come when they would desire the Messiah, and they would realize too late that they had rejected Him. But Jesus did not mean that the same thing would happen to His disciples. Rather, He was letting them know that during His crucifixion and resurrection, they should not seek to follow in His footsteps. Indeed, the revolution that Jesus had begun would be off to a bad start if the disciples were caught and killed as well. Apparently, that is what the Jewish religious authorities wanted. Peter, who followed Jesus after He was arrested, was so afraid of being identified as one of His disciples, that he denied even knowing Jesus. The Bible also informs us that the disciples were in hiding after Jesus’ death “for fear of the Jews.” By telling them, “Whither I go, ye cannot come,” Jesus is letting them know in a practical sense that it would do no good for them to try and become martyrs just now, which is why He adds the words, “so now I say unto you.” In other words, ‘This particular commandment is just for the present time.’

There’s a route in Jerusalem known as the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, that leads to the hill of Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified. Jesus walked this path, bearing His cross, alone. The only help He had was the help of a stranger. He took this lonely road by Himself so that, one day, those who trust in Him would be able to walk the straight and narrow way that leads to the gates of Heaven.

Years ago, Fanny Crosby wrote:

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain,
Free to all—a healing stream,
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.

Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the Bright and Morning Star
Sheds its beams around me.

Near the cross I’ll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I see my Savior’s face,
Leave His presence never.

Dear friend, I hope you are ready to follow Jesus today so that one day you can see His face and never leave His presence.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

Third, 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.” Also, the Bible states 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.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. 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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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 today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to 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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