Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 19 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 232)

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TEXT: John 14:28-29

28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

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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 231.

A.B. Simpson said, “We must learn to live on the heavenly side and look at things from above. To contemplate all things as God sees them, as Christ beholds them, overcomes sin, defies Satan, dissolves perplexities, lifts us above trials, separates us from the world and conquers fear of death.”

Jesus has talked about giving His disciples joy, peace, and comfort in light of His soon-coming absence from them. But now, in this part of the discussion, we gain a glimpse of Jesus’ joy at the prospect of going home.

Jesus says, “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.” Jesus is glad, not that His disciples will be left here on the earth, but that His journey is almost complete. He is eager to return to Heaven. He is eager to go back to His throne beside the Father once He completes His work on earth.

But, now, it sounds like He is putting the disciples on a guilt trip. He says, “If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father.” It sounds like Jesus is saying something that one of us might say. “You’re my friends. You ought to be happy that this good thing is happening to me, even though it’s not happening to you.”

Now, the disciples did love Jesus, but their love for Him was not strong enough (at this point) to overcome their fear of being alone without Jesus. They were still focused on themselves. They did not like how things were shaping up for them with all this talk about Jesus being God. Yes, Jesus said the Comforter would come, Jesus said He would return for them, but they had no hard evidence to go on. So, they were not too happy about Jesus going back to the Father.

Why should they be happy about this? Jesus says it is because, “My Father is greater than I.” This simple sentence has been the subject of great debate since early on in the church’s history. Some have tried to use this verse to say that Jesus’ “Godhood” was less than that of God the Father. But that is not the case.

John Walvoord and Roy Zuck said, “Arians and Jehovah’s Witnesses argue from the statement, The Father is greater than I, that Jesus is a lesser god. But this would make Jesus a created being or would lead to polytheism, both of which are clearly unbiblical. The Father and the Son share the same essence. The Father and the Son are “One” in purpose and essence. Thus the Father is greater in office or glory than the Son was in His humiliation.”

The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “When Jesus said “My Father is greater than I”, He was not denying His own deity or His equality with God, for then He would have been contradicting Himself. When Jesus was here on earth, He was necessarily limited by having a human body. He voluntarily laid aside the independent exercise of His divine attributes and submitted Himself to the Father. In that sense, the Father was greater than the Son.”

Jesus’ great love and devotion throughout His life was to His Father. He has previously testified to the fact that He has always been obedient to the Father and has spoken and done only what the Father has commanded Him to speak and do. Jesus’ return to Heaven would be triumphant and glorious. But why should the disciples rejoice?

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said the disciples should rejoice because Jesus’ return to Heaven “made possible His wonderful intercessory ministry on our behalf as our great High Priest in heaven.” This is not to mention that Jesus’ return to Heaven meant that God would send the Holy Spirit to live within the disciples, something that Jesus had never done. It also meant Jesus would continue His work of preparing a place in Heaven for His disciples.

If the disciples had stopped to think about it, they would realize that they had three major reasons to rejoice at Jesus’ return to Heaven. Then they could say with the hymn writer:

I’ve a home prepared where the saints abide,
Just over in the glory land;
And I long to be by my Savior’s side,
Just over in the glory land.

I am on my way to those mansions fair,
Just over in the glory land;
There to sing God’s praise and His glory share,
Just over in the glory land.

What a joyful thought that my Lord I’ll see,
Just over in the glory land;
And with kindred saved, there forever be,
Just over in the glory land.

These three reasons to rejoice would give them the comfort, peace, and joy that Jesus had promised. You, too, can have reasons to rejoice in the midst of the troubles of your life if you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior today. Jesus will be in Heaven praying for you. God will send the Holy Spirit to live inside of you. And Jesus will be preparing a home in Heaven for you.

Here is how you can trust Jesus Christ as your Savior today.

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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