Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 14 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 227)
TEXT: John 14:19-21
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
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 227.
Alan Redpath said, “The man who gazes upon and contemplates day by day the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who has caught the glow of the reality that the Lord is not a theory but an indwelling power and force in his life, is as a mirror reflecting the glory of the Lord.”
Throughout this discussion, Jesus has tried to express to His disciples the fact that Him going away is not as bad as it seemed to them. If Jesus didn’t go away, He wouldn’t go to the cross. If He didn’t go away, He wouldn’t go back to Heaven to prepare a place for them. If He didn’t go away, He couldn’t ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit — the permanent, indwelling presence of Himself. Jesus has also tried to impress upon them that, in truth, He is not actually leaving them. In fact, by His leaving them, they would get to know Him better — they would be able to see Him more fully and have a better understanding of what it was that He had come to do.
Jesus tells them, “Yet a little while and the world seeth me no more, but ye see me.” Jesus’ three-year ministry on earth were like an exhibition to the world. The world was able to touch Jesus, hear Jesus, see Jesus, and listen to Jesus just as the disciples were able to do. Well, that time is coming to a close for the world. And, once Jesus is gone, they will not be able to see Him anymore. However, the disciples will keep on “seeing”, albeit in a different way.
Not only will the disciples “see” Jesus, but they will live because of Him. Jesus says, “because I live, ye shall live also.” Scholars believe this statement indicates that Jesus is referring to His resurrection. The last time the disciples saw Jesus physically was in the 40 days after His resurrection. As far as we know, Jesus did not show Himself to unbelievers — the “world” — during that time. Jesus showing up in His resurrected and glorified body was a promise to His followers that they, too, would one day share in the same life that He had.
This living is also the spiritual life that is given immediately to all who trust Jesus Christ for their salvation. Rodney A. Whitacre said, “Not only will the disciples not be abandoned, with Jesus’ return after the resurrection, they will enter into the new kind of life he has been revealing throughout his ministry… They will live because they will be united to him by the Spirit and thus come to share in the life of him who is resurrection and life. All of this is made possible by Jesus’ own death and resurrection.”
Jesus says that, in His physical absence, the disciples will know that “I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” The disciples would have to be separated from Jesus before they understood what it really meant for them to be in Him, for Him to be in them, and for all to be in God.
At the end of C.S. Lewis’ Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the Great Lion Aslan tells Edmund and Lucy that they have made their final trip to Narnia and that they must go back to our world never to return. Both of the children despair at this news, and Lucy breaks into tears, saying, “It isn’t Narnia, you know. It’s you. We won’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?” She thinks — like the disciples think of Jesus in our passage — that being away from Aslan is the worst thing that can happen. But Aslan tells her, “You shall meet me there, dear one. There I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
The disciples would know Jesus better in His absence because, not only would they see Him, but they would live in His presence. They would realize what it meant to be a part of Jesus’ body in a way that they could never realize if Jesus remained with them physically. Jesus desires for everyone to know Him in this intimate way. It is only by knowing Him in this world that we can one day know Him completely in Heaven.
Will you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior 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 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.