Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 15 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 228)
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 228.
Marcus Dods said, “The love to which Christ promises a manifestation of Himself is not an idle sentiment or shallow fancy, but a principle prompting obedience.”
Jesus has expressed that the disciples are and forever will be uniquely connected to Him and the Father. This union would be further solidified in Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and ascension to Heaven. On Earth, they would be filled with the Holy Spirit, the representation of Jesus living inside of them. When Jesus returned to take them to Heaven, they would be with Him and the Father forever.
Jesus has previously identified those who are true believers as those who love Him and who have the love of the Father in them. Now, He expands on another qualification that He has only touched on before. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me…”
To “have” Jesus’ commandments is an interesting expression. It does not mean merely to know about them or to receive them as one might receive facts in a history class. But “having” Jesus’ commandments means that one is holding on to them, has embraced them, has internalized them, and has made them a part of one’s self. Obviously such a person will also be obeying these commandments. It is this person whom Jesus says, “shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
One commentator expounds on this with these words: “Jesus says that he himself will love such a disciple — a disciple who obeys his commandments — and will show himself to him or her. Thus, Jesus himself will remain in personal contact with his disciples. He may be departing, but he will remain in relationship with them although the relationship will exist in a new form.”
If you are truly saved and you have sinned somewhere along the line, you can testify to this truth. When you disobeyed, you no longer felt the presence of God and Christ like you used to. You could tell that the Holy Spirit was grieved even if you tried to carry on as though nothing was wrong for some time. You had not lost your salvation, but that unconfessed sin had cut off the special fellowship with Christ that believers enjoy. That fellowship was only restored when you confessed and repented of that sin.
Every believer should grow continuously in their relationship with Jesus and the Father. While prayer, Bible reading, Bible study, and church attendance play a role in this, the primary means of Christian growth is through obedience. In fact doing all of the above falls under being obedient to God.
Daniel S. Warner wrote:
By Thy blessed word obeying,
Lord, we prove our love sincere;
For we hear Thee gently saying,
“Love will do as well as hear.”
In Thy wisdom, Lord, confiding,
We will follow in Thy way;
With Thy love in us abiding,
It is delightful to obey.
Dear Redeemer, we would hallow
All Thy word so firm and true;
In Thy footsteps meekly follow,
Thy commands we love to do.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you are ready to trust Him as your Savior today, here is how.
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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 phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
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.”
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 email@example.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.