The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 278)
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 278.
Richard Sibbes said, “When we are foiled, let us believe we shall overcome; when we have fallen, let us believe we shall rise again. Let us never give up; but, in our thoughts, knit the beginning, progress, and end together, and then we shall see ourselves in heaven out of the reach of all enemies.”
Ask any believer, and I am sure many will honestly tell you that they would rather be in Heaven with the Lord than down here within reach of all enemies that cause trouble. Christians in the world are beset by enemies on every side who cause trouble. On one side, we have the outright attacks of the devil, a defeated, but relentless foe who constantly causes trouble. On the other side, we have the ever-present lure of the world and its promise of security and success but does nothing but causes trouble. On top of that, we have to deal with the flesh and its attraction to sin and as one preacher put it “the flesh is a mess” and does nothing but causes trouble.
Although we long for the day when spiritual warfare will not be a way of life, Jesus promises us that, in this world, we will have trouble and tribulation. However, He says we can overcome the world in Him.
It is important to understand that we do not do the overcoming apart from Christ. Jesus did not speak of the disciples being victorious over the world on their own. He did not say, “Be of good cheer for ye shall overcome the world on your own.” He spoke of His own triumph and victory. “Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” It was He who would overcome the world and the disciples who would overcome through Him.
Jesus overcame the world in His life by never succumbing to temptation. Though He was tempted in all points just as we are, He never sinned. Saying no to temptation is one way in which we overcome the world. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit and through Jesus Christ living inside of us to resist the temptations that the devil throws our way.
Jesus also overcame the world in His death and resurrection. Not only did Jesus go to the cross willingly, He went to the cross for the sake of others. He who had never sinned suffered the wages of sin that those who had sinned might not forever be bound by death.
The confidence Jesus had in His overcoming is shown by the fact that He spoke these words — “I have overcome the world” — before going to the cross. Robert Morris said, “This statement, spoken as it is in the shadow of the cross, is audacious. He goes to the cross not in fear or in gloom, but as a conqueror.” Because Jesus went before us in life, in death, and in what comes after death, we have no reason to fear being overcome by the world. We have no reason to fear anything at all. We can be of good cheer knowing that Jesus has overcome everything that we could possibly ever face. And, if we are in Him, we have overcome those things as well. That is an audacious faith. That is a cheerful faith!
James McGranahan wrote:
Rejoice in the Lord! Oh, let His mercy cheer;
He sunders the bands that enthrall;
Redeemed by His blood, why should we ever fear,
Since Jesus is our all in all?
Be strong in the Lord! rejoicing in His might,
Be loyal and true day by day;
When evils assail, be valiant for the right,
And He will be our strength and stay.
Abide in the Lord, secure in His control,
‘Tis life everlasting begun;
To pluck from His hand the weakest, trembling soul,
It never, never can be done!
Despite the tribulations of this life, every Christian can be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world and they have overcome the world in Him. 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.