The Words Jesus Spoke to His Father Before Going Through Hell, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 282)
TEXT: John 17:4-6:
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
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 282.
Frederick William Robertson said, “Two thousand years ago there was One here on this earth Who lived the grandest life that ever has been lived yet—a life that every thinking man, with deeper or shallower meaning, has agreed to call divine.”
When we look at Jesus the Man, we see a person who had His own death before His eyes every day of His life. The saying, “Jesus was born to die,” is very true. Most of us act as though this life is all there is and we live as though we have a never-ending supply of tomorrows. But, for Jesus, He knew that there was a set day and time when He would meet death — when He would willingly give up His life as a sacrifice for others.
If someone were to tell us that we would be dead within the next 24 hours, how would we respond? Many of us would be frantic, afraid, worried about the future, worried about those we are leaving behind, and regretful over bad choices and the sins of the past. But not Jesus.
We see in His prayer a wonderful calmness and a spirit of fearlessness despite what the immediate future holds. The reason for this is not because of what is ahead of Him, but because of what is behind Him. Jesus tells God, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” This simple and beautiful statement ought to be the goal of every Christian believer. You and I ought to want to be able to say those same words when we are facing our deaths, which means we must do two things that Jesus did in His life.
First, Jesus spent His life glorifying God. Every word, every action, every miracle was for one purpose — to turn people’s eyes toward God so that God could get all of the glory. As the Westminster Catechism says, “What is the chief end of man? The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” If we can get ahold of this in our lives — if we make our main goal God’s glory — it will revolutionize how we live, speak, and think. We will put God first and we will spend time working to turn others to Him. If we glorify God on Earth, we will indeed enjoy Him forever in Heaven. And, we will be able to say what Jesus said at the end of our lives.
Second, Jesus finished the work God had called Him to accomplish. When Jesus left glory to take on humanity, He had a specific purpose. He came to: (1) Show us who God is and what He is like; (2) Set an example of a perfect and God-honoring life for us to follow; and, (3) Die on the cross, taking the punishment for our sins upon Himself so that we can be in a right relationship with God. Did Jesus accomplish all three of those objectives? Yes, He did.
At some point, early on in your Christian life, God will tell you what you are called to do. He will put you on the right path for you to finish your work. If you follow through as Jesus did, and accomplish your task no matter the obstacles you face, you will be able to speak as Jesus did at the end of your life — having glorified God and done the work He called you to do. Erma Bombeck said, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.'” That day — the day when we stand before God — is coming for each of us. May our last words be similar to those of Jesus Christ.
John Moultrie wrote of Christ’s death:
Fierce and deadly was the anguish
Which on yonder cross He bore;
How did soul and body languish
Till the toil of death was o’er:
But that toil, so fierce and dread,
Bruised and crushed the serpent’s head.
All night long, with plaintive voicing,
Chant His requiem soft and low:
Loftier strains of loud rejoicing
From tomorrow’s harps shall flow:
“Death and hell at length are slain!
Christ hath triumphed! Christ doth reign!”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.
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 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.