The Words Jesus Spoke to His Father Before Going Through Hell, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day #290)
TEXT: John 17:16-19:
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
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 290.
John MacArthur said, “Discipleship entails a life of total self-denial, a humble disposition towards others, a whole-hearted devotion to the Lord alone, a willingness to obey His commands in everything, an eagerness to sense Him even in His absence, and a motivation that comes from knowing He is well pleased.”
Today, we return to Jesus’ prayer for God to sanctify His disciples. The purpose of the disciples’ sanctification is for them to be set apart, consecrated, hallowed (made holy) by God so that God can use them.
This sanctification is done, as Jesus prayed, “through [God’s] truth: thy word is truth.” The first way this is carried out is through the revelation of Jesus Christ who is ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ His Spirit living inside of the disciples, and in all believers, transforms us little by little into His likeness.
The second way this sanctification process is carried out is through the reading, studying, and application of the Word of God, the Bible. One of the things Jesus did after He rose from the dead is walk with two of His disciples on the Road to Emmaus and explain the Old Testament Scriptures to them. When this Bible study was finished, the disciples said, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” Jesus had set these disciples hearts on fire by explaining the Word of God to them and helping them see what it meant — that Christ was ordained to suffer and die for the salvation of the world. That made them rejoice for the Gospel; that made them ready to share the Gospel.
We, of course, have the New Testament as well as the Old. But the work of Christ in the believer’s heart is the same. The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, is here to explain the Scripture to us just as Jesus explained it to those disciples on the Road to Emmaus. The Word of God, rightfully divided, will not only give us knowledge and instruction, but it will act as a purifying agent in our hearts and lives. The truth of God’s Word will hold the devil’s lies at bay. This truth will serve to move sin out of our lives and keep us from giving in to temptation.
It will also set our hearts on fire, and give us the impetus to serve God in the capacity that He is sanctifying us for –That is to send us into the world as servants of Him. Jesus prayed, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”
A vessel that is sanctified or set aside is not set aside to look impressive, or so that people can come by and say, “Oh, look at that pretty vessel.” You likely have a car in your garage. The car is a vessel — it is intended to carry people and things from one place to another. Even though the car is set aside for that purpose, it is useless as long as it just sits in your garage. The vessel only becomes useful when it is on the road carrying people and things to and fro.
God is sanctifying us so that we can become useful vessels. He means for us to do some kind of work for Him. The process of sanctification is ongoing, of course; it will not be complete until we get to Heaven. But, after some time, God intends to send us into the world to fulfill a mission for Him. We ought to pray for the patience to be willing students, readily learning the Word of God and applying its truths to our lives so that we can be ready when God tells us to “Go.”
H. R. Jeffrey wrote:
For perfect love I long have groaned,
I would be wholly Thine;
Yes, I would have the Lord enthroned
In this poor heart of mine.
All foes cast out, let this poor heart
Be filled with love divine;
Securely fixed, no more to part
From this poor heart of mine.
Let perfect love my portion be,
To Thee my all resign;
O Holy One, come dwell in me,
And rule this heart of mine.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, 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 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.