The Words Jesus Spoke to His Father Before Going Through Hell, Part 14 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 292)
TEXT: John 17:20-23:
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
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 292.
A.T. Pierson said, “To a true child of God, the invisible bond that unites all believers to Christ is far more tender, and lasting, and precious; and, as we come to recognize and realize that we are all dwelling in one sphere of life in Him, we learn to look on every believer as our brother, in a sense that is infinitely higher than all human relationships. This is the one and only way to bring disciples permanently together. All other plans for promoting the unity of the Church have failed.”
In our last message we focused on Jesus’ prayer for unity to be evident among those who would believe on His name based upon the disciples’ witness. Why is that unity so important to Jesus? We find out in the next part of Jesus’ prayer. “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
The unity of the church is a testimony to the transforming power of Jesus Christ. Our Savior prayed for this unity ‘that the world may believe that God had really sent him.’
The world is a place of extreme disunity. Sometimes, this disunity is the result of things we have no control over such as language barriers and geographic differences. However, more often than not, disunity is evidence of the sin nature of man. In the world, we see hatred and strife caused by skin color, class warfare, differences of opinion on political matters, ethnic stereotypes, and more. No matter where you go, you will find people at odds with one another. That is what we see when we look at the world.
However, when the world looks at the church, it ought to see unity and harmony in our actions and interactions with each other. The church is a place where people should overcome race differences, class differences, intellectual differences, ethnic differences, and political differences. We have a calling to something that is much higher than those things: Jesus Christ and the Gospel transcend such barriers and divisions. As Galatians 3:28 says, in the church, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
“One” — that is the key word. We are not many different types of people coming together, yet remaining separate. We are many different types of people becoming one in Jesus Christ. We literally become one body beneath Him who is the head. Jesus prayed that we ‘might be made perfectly ONE’ because then the world would know that God had sent Jesus and that God loved the people in His church just as He loved His own Son.
The church today often demonstrates divisiveness instead of unity — divisiveness over race, politics, theology, and any number of other insignificant issues — issues that are all trumped by the Gospel and the Great Commission. There is no greater reason for us as the church to strive for unity than the reason that God will use that unity as a witness to the world to turn many people to His Son. D.A. Carson said, “Even when Jesus prays for the church’s unity, He looks beyond their unity to the still unconverted world which stands in need of the witness generated by that unity.”
Let us commit ourselves to striving for unity and harmony — in the church first and then the world — keeping in mind that when the church is unified, it is another part of the collective evidence which attests to the power of the Gospel.
Royston Allen expressed what should be the prayer of all Christians:
That we might be one like Father and Son,
One body in Christ through His sacrifice.
Then the world will see Jesus’ true beauty,
Complete and unmarred, unbroken and unscarred.
Such beauty of diversity in harmonious unity.
All different and yet one, brought together in God’s Son.
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 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.