The Words Jesus Spoke to His Father Before Going Through Hell, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 285)


TEXT: John 17:12-16:

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of 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 285.

John MacDuff said, “Believer, is not this the source – the proper source of your joy – that Jesus lived, and suffered, and died for you – that He paid “all that great debt” you owed to law and justice, and washed away the foul stain of your guilt, in His own most precious blood?”

In this prayer, Jesus is essentially turning the disciples over to God. He has had them for a time, to teach and train them, and He has kept them well — that is, they have remained faithful up until this point.

Jesus acknowledges that one, Judas, was lost as he was the “son of perdition” who would fulfill the Old Testament prophecy that the Messiah would be betrayed by one of His own. Note, however, that Jesus does not say that He lost Judas, rather that Judas WAS lost. Henry Morris said, “‘The son of perdition’ points to character rather than destiny. The expression means that he was characterized by ‘lostness,’ not that he was predestined to be ‘lost.'” Judas was lost by virtue of his own choices, his own struggle with darkness which he apparently lost.

Jesus now begins to elaborate on His previous requests — that the disciples would remain in His joy and that they would be kept from evil in the world. His first request is, “These things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”

The world and the devil will try to tell us that God wants to take joy from our lives. But that is not true. The only true joy that you will ever have in this world is that which comes from Jesus. Jesus lived a life that was characterized by joy; in fact, He called it “my joy.” It may not have always seemed like it, but Jesus was the most joyful individual who ever lived. The reasons why Jesus was so filled with joy is very simple.

First, Jesus never sinned. Sin is a sure joy-killer. The more you sin, the less joy you will have in your life. Sin that is unconfessed and still on your conscience will consistently siphon whatever joy you do have.

Second, Jesus had unbroken fellowship with God. This fellowship existed, not just because He never sinned, but because He maintained regular prayer and communion with His Heavenly Father. If you want more joy in your life, start communicating with God more through prayer, Bible reading, and meditation.

The third reason why Jesus had consistent joy is because He was engaged in ministry. He was constantly serving God by helping others, preaching the Gospel, and teaching the truths of the Kingdom of God. It is a well-documented fact that nothing will give you joy like serving others.

Jesus’ prayer to God is that “my joy might be fulfilled in them [the disciples].” This is His prayer for us today as well. Jesus wants us to have His joy. You might claim that you get joy by other means. But you don’t know joy until you taste the joy that Jesus gives.

Someone once wrote:

There is joy in serving Jesus
As I journey on my way
Joy that fills my heart with praises
Every hour and every day

There is joy in serving Jesus
Joy that triumphs over pain
Fills my heart with heaven’s music
Till I join the glad refrain

There is joy in serving Jesus
As I walk alone with God
‘Tis the joy of Christ my Saviour
Who the path of suffering trod

There is joy in serving Jesus
Joy amid the darkest night
For I’ve learned the wondrous secret
And I’m walking in the light

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 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.”

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 I want to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Him as my Savior and 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 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 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.


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