The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 10 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 276)
TEXT: John 16:33:
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
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 276.
Owen Feltham said, “Discontents are sometimes the better parts of our lives. I know not which is the most useful. Joy I may choose for pleasure; but adversities are the best for profit; and sometimes these do so far help me, that I should, without them, want much of the joy I have.”
This, the final verse of John chapter 16, marks the end of Jesus’ discourse with His disciples before He went to the cross. It is an excellent summary of the message that Jesus has been trying to get across to them and to us throughout this entire chapter. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.”
The disciples were quietly panicking over the prospect of Jesus leaving them. But Jesus had told them that He would be leaving them not to incite panic, but peace. Their peace would come from their confidence in Jesus, whether He was with them physically or not. The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “Note the contrast between ‘in Me’ and ‘in the world.’ In Christ, there is peace; in the world, there is tribulation. This is the position we need to claim: we are in Christ, and therefore we can overcome the world… Peace depends on appropriate relationships. ‘In Me’ is the key.”
In themselves, the disciples had worry, fear, and anxiety; but in Christ, they had peace, cheer, and confidence. Being “in Christ” does not mean living in a fantasy world. You are still physically in the real world, and, as Jesus says, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” Christians do not deny reality. This world is full of hate, pain, frustration, and despair. Because this world is ruled by Satan, he makes sure to aim his most terrible ammunition at Christians. His aim is to get Christians so depressed and discouraged that they do not press forward to all that they are meant to be in Christ.
However, because the Christian who is in the world is simultaneously in Christ, he can “be of good cheer.” Why? Because Jesus says, “I have overcome the world.” The devil pulled out all the stops in order to defeat Jesus. First, he tried mass infanticide by getting Herod to slaughter hundreds of babies in an attempt to kill Jesus; but that didn’t work. So, he tried enticement, attempting to get Jesus to bow down to him by promising him power and glory; but that didn’t work. Next, he tried character assassination by turning the Jewish religious leaders against Jesus and getting them to lie on Him and slander His name; but that didn’t work. Finally, he tried instigation to murder, leading the Jewish leaders and the people to demand Jesus’ crucifixion; but that didn’t work either. Yes, Jesus was killed, but He rose from the dead three days later. That’s why He says, “I have overcome the world.”
The disciples needed to understand that nothing could get Jesus down, and since they were in Jesus, nothing could get them down either. They could be of good cheer because they were overcomers in Christ.
The attitude of the disciples and of all Christians can be summed up in the words of the popular hymn by Civilla D. Martin:
Why should I feel discouraged,
why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely,
and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.
‘Let not your heart be troubled,’
His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness,
I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth,
but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.
I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.
Despite the tribulations of this life, every Christian can be joyful and free because Jesus watches over them and has overcome the world. You can join the ranks of those who have overcome the world by receiving Jesus Christ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.