The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 272)
TEXT: John 16:22-25:
22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
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 272.
Woodrow Kroll said, “We rejoice in spite of our grief, not in place of it.”
Today, we are presented with another great truth that Jesus reveals to His disciples regarding their sorrow being turned to joy through prayer. He says, “These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.”
Before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus spoke of many things that the disciples did not understand. Some of these things Jesus patiently explained to them. However, there were other things that the disciples would not fully grasp until after the resurrection. One commentator stated, “Jesus would like to speak with complete openness [even now at the Last Supper], but this is impossible before the events take place. Their nature is such that this cannot be done. An attempt to do so nonetheless would fail of understanding on the part of the disciples. The events must first take place. They will bring their own light.”
After the Resurrection takes place, there is a new openness of communication between Jesus and His disciples. This openness is expanded after Jesus ascends to Heaven and the Holy Spirit of God descends to the new believers. This is when Jesus fulfills His promise to “no more speak unto you in proverbs, but shew you plainly of the Father.”
God is not a hidden mystery to us as He was to the Children of Israel. The long-standing veil in the Temple represented this division between God and man. Now that Jesus has paid our sin debt and broken down the wall of enmity that existed between us, we no longer have to hear of God’s nature in parables. But, the Holy Spirit plainly shows us the things of God.
One of the ways in which this plain-spokenness is evident in the life of the believer is through prayer. We can respectfully address God directly in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. Before the crucifixion and resurrection this was not possible. But now we can do this knowing that God looks on us as His children.
Our communication with Him is not one of fear (although we must maintain a healthy respect for God); it is one of joy and confidence. We do not come trembling before God, but we come “boldly unto the throne of grace” knowing that we can stand righteously before God because of the blood of Jesus Christ. That is made plain in Scripture and made plain in our hearts through the testimony of the Holy Spirit.
While we do not understand everything about God’s ways, we can find joy in this one thing: God loves us and sent Jesus to die for us. And, because of His death, burial, and resurrection, we can have an open relationship with the Father — one in which we can pray to Him knowing that He will hear our prayers and answer us.
Michael Perry wrote:
May the Lord God hear you pray;
may God’s strength be yours today;
may God bless you from above,
lifting up your heart in love.
May God give you all you need;
may God make your plans succeed;
may God guide you all your days,
filling all our hearts with praise.
Now we see the Lord can save,
now the trembling heart is brave;
now we know that Love will hear:
worship now, for God is near!
You can take part in the joy that Jesus fulfilled in His disciples by receiving Him as your Savior today. Here is how.
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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 email 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.