The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 15 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 312)
TEXT: John 19:19-22:
19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.
20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
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 312.
Robert Anderson said, “Men point to the sad incidents of human life on earth, and they ask, ‘Where is the love of God?’ God points to that Cross as the unreserved manifestation of love so inconceivably infinite as to answer every challenge and silence all doubt for ever. And that Cross is not merely the public proof of what God has accomplished; it is the fulfillment of all that He has promised.”
When a criminal was crucified, the Roman requirement was to have a placard with the criminal’s crimes written on it attached to the cross. Of course, Jesus had committed no crimes, and Pilate knew that. So, he commanded that Jesus’ inscription be written as: “Jesus of Nazareth. King of the Jews.” Pilate did this to goad the Jewish religious leaders. This was his way of getting the last word. The Jews came to him complaining about the title, saying, “Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” This was Pilate’s last act of resistance against the Jewish religious authorities.
The writing on Jesus’ cross was read by many people who passed by. The city was packed with visitors from all over the region who had come for the Passover. And the long procession combined with Jesus’ popularity — not to mention human nature — would have drawn multitudes to watch the grim scene.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “The fact that this title was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin is significant. For one thing, it shows that our Lord was crucified in a place where many peoples and nations met, a cosmopolitan place. Hebrew is the language of religion, Greek of philosophy, and Latin of law; and all three combined to crucify the Son of God. But what He did on the cross, He did for the whole world! In this Gospel, John emphasizes the world-wide dimensions of the work of Christ. Without realizing it, Pilate wrote a ‘Gospel tract’ when he prepared this title; for one of the thieves discovered that Jesus was King, and he asked entrance into His kingdom.”
The proclamation of Jesus as king was a fitting end to the dispute between Pilate and the Jews. While neither acknowledged or treated Him as king, they each were judged by His presence. Their guilt stood in contrast to His innocence. Their lies stood in contrast to the truth. Their hesitance and maneuvering stood in contrast to His sure claims. Their rejection of Him would come back to haunt them.
But we all will one day be judged by Christ. His perfection will stand in contrast to our sinfulness. His payment of the sin debt will stand in contrast to our utter inability to pay what we owe. We need a Savior. And Jesus is the one whom God has sent. The Jews, Pilate, the Romans all needed a Savior. And Jesus is the one God sent to them as well. They failed the test of recognizing Him and embracing Him for who He is. But we have nearly 2,000 years of hindsight in addition to the Word of God. We know who Jesus is and that He accomplished what He came to accomplish — salvation for all men.
Richard Jukes wrote:
Behold His arms extended wide
Behold His bleeding hands and side
The sun withholds his rays of light,
The heavens are clothed in shades of night,
While Jesus does with devils fight
On the cross.
Come, sinners, see Him lifted up
He drinks for you the bitter cup
The rocks do rend, the mountains quake,
While Jesus doth atonement make,
While Jesus suffers for our sake
On the cross.
Wherever I go I’ll tell the story
In nothing else my soul shall glory
Yes, this my constant theme shall be
Through time and all eternity,
That Jesus tasted death for me
On the cross.
Jesus Christ died on the Cross so that you and I could one day be with Him in Paradise. But we must do as the penitent thief did and cast all our faith and trust in Him because He is the only One who can save us from sin and eternal punishment in Hell. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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 phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
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.”
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.