Jesus Explains Why He Has to Go Back to Heaven, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 263)
TEXT: John 16:7-11:
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
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 263.
Merrill C. Tenney said, “Before Jesus, righteousness had been defined by precepts, but it now has been revealed in the incarnate Son, who exemplified it perfectly in all his relationships.”
In our last message, we saw that the Holy Spirit works in the world by convicting and convincing man of his sinful nature. Next, Jesus says the the Holy Spirit came to reprove — to convince and convict — the world “of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more.”
You would think that all people in the world could generally agree on what righteousness is, but that is not the case. Most people today would agree that Jesus is a righteous man. However, when Jesus was on this earth, He was reviled as unrighteous, a winebibber, a glutton, a friend of sinners, a destroyer of the law, an illegitimate child, and an ally of the devil. The religious establishment of Jesus’ day saw themselves as righteous and Jesus as wicked. However, Jesus’ triumphant return to Heaven tells us otherwise.
The fact that Jesus was going back to His Father and would be seen no more by the world proves that He Himself is righteous. Jesus’ return to Heaven showed that God the Father approved of the actions of His Son. Jesus had proven Himself righteous by going to the cross and dying for the sins of the world. God would only accept a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. Jesus was that perfect sacrifice.
So, first, the Holy Spirit convinces the world of its own sinfulness. Then the Holy Spirit convinces the world of Jesus’ righteousness. The Holy Spirit is essentially saying to man, “You are wrong. Your way of living is unrighteous. But God is right. And Jesus is righteous.” Charles Ellicott said, “The conviction of Christ’s righteousness comes with that of the heart’s own sin. The light makes the darkness visible, and the revelation of the darkness shows the clearness of the light.”
The Holy Spirit does not simply show man that He is sinful and in need of a Savior. He does not simply show him that he is presently in darkness. Instead, the Holy Spirit always points the way to Christ, the light of the world. That is why Jesus had to go back to Heaven — to show the world that He and His righteous sacrifice had been accepted by God the Father. When a man is convinced by the Holy Spirit of his own unrighteousness and of Jesus’ righteousness, then he can take the necessary step to being made righteous in Christ.
Augustus M. Toplady wrote:
The law was satisfied by him
Who flesh for me was made:
Its penalty he underwent,
Its precepts he obeyed.
The spotless Savior lived for me,
And died upon the Mount:
The obedience of his life and death
Is placed to my account.
O love incomprehensible,
That made thee bleed for me!
The Judge of all hath suffered death
To set his prisoner free!
You can be made righteous in Christ today. If you are ready to accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit into your life right now, here is how:
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.