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.
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 232.
Alexander Maclaren said, ‘He that has no present Christ has a future — dark, chaotic, heaving with its destructive ocean — foreboding with evil in the present and evil in the future. But He to whom there is a present Christ may well live in all the glorious distance of the unknown to come. His presence shall make all your past, present, and future to be bright and beautiful because all are centered in Him.’
In the closing words of John 14, we see again the emphasis that Jesus has placed on the fact that He is in control of everything that is happening and that is about to happen. Jesus tells His disciples, “now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” Jesus could have kept all that was about to happen to Himself and explained everything to the disciples later. But, Jesus wanted them to believe in Him and to trust Him just as much as He trusted the Father.
In the disciples’ mind, they could not see a reason why anyone would kill Jesus or why Jesus would willingly go to his death. They were shocked at the news that there was a betrayer among them. Peter was bewildered by Jesus’ prediction that he would deny Him three times that very night. They were still struggling to wrap their heads around the fact that Jesus was going away.
For those very reasons, Jesus tells them what is going on ahead of time so that when they see it happening they will believe. This would, of course, cause them to believe Jesus even more. Their faith would grow because they would realize that Jesus had been in control all along. Suppose someone successfully and repeatedly predicted events in your life years, months, and weeks before they happened, and each time you turned around, you realized that they had been right. Well, after several cycles of prophecy and fulfillment, you would begin to have confidence in that person. You would listen to what they say. When they tell you something — even something that may not make sense to you — you would be inclined to believe them.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “Fulfilled prophecy is a great comfort and support to believers. Jesus had predicted His death and resurrection many times. When this came to pass, after the disciples’ initial shock, it would greatly help their faith.”
Telling the disciples what would happen ahead of time was also another way in which Jesus tried to comfort them on this, their last night together. The thing most people worry about is the future. What’s going to happen tomorrow? What’s going to happen next week? What’s going to happen next year? Jesus wanted the disciples to know that they did not have to worry about the future; they could have assurance and peace because they knew the One who knew the future. And, if Jesus was not worried — if Jesus knew everything would be all right — the disciples had no reason to worry either.
Katharina A. von Schlegel wrote:
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
You can have peace, confidence, and assurance about the future — not because you know what is going to happen, but because you know Jesus who is in complete control of what is going to happen.
Here is how you can trust Him 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 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.