The Gospel of John is Purpose-Driven, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 357)
TEXT: John 20:30-31:
30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
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 357.
Warren Wiersbe said, “John was not content simply to explain a subject. He was an evangelist who wanted to achieve an object. He wanted his readers to believe in Jesus Christ and be saved! He was not writing a biography to entertain or a history to enlighten. He was writing an evangel to change men’s lives.”
In the final verses of the chapter before the epilogue, John explains the method and purpose of his writing. He begins by addressing those who were enraptured by Jesus’ miracles. Everybody loved Jesus’ miracles. Miracles made the headlines. Miracles drew the crowds. Miracles made people stop, look, and listen. But Jesus’ miracles were not the point of His ministry. Jesus could have not performed a single miracle and He still would have been the Son of God. That is why John says, “Many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book…”
John only focuses on seven miracles in his Gospel. There are 28 others detailed in the other three Gospels, many of which are repeated among the three. For John the writer, Jesus’ miracles were just entrance points for something else. Jesus’ miracles were to pique the interest of the reader. They were just the prologue to the story; they were not the main act. As John admits, there are many that he did not write about. So, what was the purpose of the miracles that John did write about?
John says it is so “that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.” John did not try to deceive or trick his readers into believing in Jesus; rather, he states clearly that it is his purpose to convince his readers to believe that Jesus is who he knows Jesus to be. The Gospel of John is not a book for entertainment or enjoyment. It is not a summer beach read or a winter fireside perusal. It is a book that John intends his reader to act on once he is finished reading.
Warren Wiersbe said, “There was no need for John to describe every miracle that our Lord performed. The life and ministry of Jesus Christ were simply too rich and full for any writer, even an inspired one, to give a complete record. But a complete record is not necessary. All of the basic facts are there for us to read and consider. There is sufficient truth for any sinner to believe and be saved! Faith in His miracles should lead to faith in His Word, and to personal faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Jesus Himself pointed out that faith in His miracles was but the first step toward faith in the Word of God. The sinner must still ‘hear’ [and obey] the Word if he is to be saved.”
Like the residents of first century Palestine, the world today is fascinated by the enigma that is Jesus Christ. Back then, people were enraptured by His miracles, astounded by His words, and mystified by His personality and demeanor. It is the same today, with the added intrigue of His unending endurance. How has an impoverished preacher from a trodden down nation with twelve unnotable followers not been blotted from history after 2,000 years? Every Easter and Christmas season, television is replete with documentaries, movies, and “investigations” about the life of Jesus Christ. Countless books, poems, paintings, speeches, and sermons have been produced about the Savior.
But we must not simply stop and be in awe of Jesus Christ. John’s intent is for us to believe in Him, specifically that He is the Son of God. The word “believe” means to “commit one’s trust unto.” Just as John and his fellow disciples committed their trust unto Jesus, we ought to do the same. They not only believed in Jesus because of His miracles, but because of His words and His life. John believed when Jesus said, “No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” And that is what He wants His readers to do — come to the Father through the Son.
Fanny Crosby wrote:
To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.
God wants to do great things in your life, beginning with your soul’s salvation. But He can only do these things if you come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Trust Him today and receive the blessings and benefits of belief.
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.