The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 10 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 277)
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 277.
George Morrison defined peace as “the possession of adequate resources.” Warren Wiersbe said, “In Jesus Christ, we have all the resources that we need. But peace depends also on appropriate relationships, because spiritual resources depend on spiritual relationships. ‘In Me’ is the key. In ourselves, we have nothing; but ‘in Christ’ we have all that we need.”
Walter J. Chantry said, “The only lasting and fully satisfying joys for any man lie on the other side of a cross.”
The words of John 16:33 maybe so familiar to us that it is easy for us to read them and not really grasp their meaning. Jesus tells us that we can have peace in Him and be of good cheer in the midst of a world of tribulation. However, this peace and good cheer is not a given. It is not something that the disciples would have automatically just because they are followers of Christ. And it is not something that we will automatically have either.
Notice that Jesus says, “In me, ye MIGHT have peace.” He did not say, ‘Ye WILL have peace,’ but, ‘Ye MIGHT have peace.’ We can have peace in Jesus in the midst of tribulation. It is a possibility. But it becomes a certainty when we choose to have it.
Many people in the world are looking for peace. They look for it in other people, things, money, success, places, and events. But true peace can only be found in Jesus Christ. However, even Christians — those who are in Christ — must choose to find it in Him. It is possible to be saved, but not have peace because you are looking for peace outside of Jesus Christ. If you do that, you will never be at peace. True peace can only be found in the Prince of Peace.
Another thing we ought to notice about this passage are the words, “Be of good cheer.” These words are a command. It is something that Jesus is telling the disciples to do. It is something we also must choose to do. There is nothing magical about being of good cheer in the midst of tribulation. It just doesn’t happen. It happens because we choose cheerfulness and joy over depression and despair by faith through grace.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Every believer is either overcome or an overcomer. The world wants to overcome us; this is why Satan uses the world to persecute and pressure believers. When we yield to Christ and trust Him, He enables us to be overcomers. We must claim our spiritual position in Christ and believe Him for victory.”
You can be a victorious believer in Christ, if you choose to find peace in Him and choose to be of good cheer despite the circumstances.
Charlotte Abbey wrote:
Be of good cheer, saith the Savior,
Though all thy brightest hopes fade;
I will be near to sustain thee;
It is I, O be not afraid.
Be of good cheer, though the tempter
And world are against thee arrayed;
I will give grace that will conquer;
It is I, O be not afraid.
Be of good cheer thru thy trials;
On Me let burdens be laid;
Though they be heavy, I’ll bear them;
It is I, O be not afraid.
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 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.