John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, but the Prophet We Need, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 59 / Day 426 since Jan. 1, 2016)

TEXT: Matthew 3:1-9:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.


After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 59, day 426 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Matthew Henry said, “Many mourn for their sins that do not truly repent of them, weep bitterly for them, and yet continue in love and league with them.”

As we continue looking at the life and preaching of John the Baptist, we are now introduced to the people who came to hear him preach. The Bible says they came from “Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan.” These were the common people who heard that what appeared to be the second coming of Elijah was taking place. They did not want to miss out on the new thing that God was doing. Many of them probably came out of curiosity, but once they listened to John, they realized that he had a very serious message — a message that demanded action.

John was not content to have large crowds who listened to him and cheered him on, but who did not respond to his message. He would not have been satisfied with many of the churches of our day, where people come in, sit, and listen, but do not act on what they hear. John preached a convicting message of repentance that urged people to do something. The Bible says that many of the people who came to see him “were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.” Regarding John’s message, one commentator said, “Although most Jewish traditions acknowledged that all people need some repentance, John’s call to his people is more radical. John’s ‘repentance’ refers not to a regular turning from sin after a specific act but to a once-for-all repentance, the kind of turning from an old way of life to a new way of life that Judaism associated with Gentiles’ converting to Judaism.”

There was another group of people who also came to see John — those of the elite religious class, the establishment, the Pharisees and Sadducees, who came to observe him baptizing. When John noticed them in the crowd, he said, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” John, filled with the Spirit of God, knew that these individuals had no intention on heeding his message. They were quite content with the way they had their “church” set up in Jerusalem. If anything, they were there to see if John was a threat to the status quo, to turn public opinion against him, and, if they could, to get him to stop preaching.

But, John saw them just as he saw the rest of the people who came to hear him preach. They were people who needed to repent and be baptized as well. That is why he told them, “Bring forth fruits meet for repentance.” He knew that the Pharisees and Sadducees were steeped in hypocrisy. They taught the letter of the Law but did not obey the spirit of the Law. Therefore, John challenged them not only to repent, but to prove that they had repented by changing their behavior. That is the mark of true repentance — when we change our behavior in order to line up with what we say we believe.

Today, our repentance ought to begin with trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour. It is through salvation through Christ that we are given the power to repent and live a new life for God’s glory as expressed in this hymn by Barney E. Warren.

Lord, I come to Thee with an aching heart,
I am waiting at the cross;
I confess my guilt, and with sin I part,
I am waiting at the cross.

I forsake the way I am walking in,
I am waiting at the cross;
Save me now from this load of sin,
I am waiting at the cross.

I am bound, O Lord, but I come to Thee,
I am waiting at the cross;
It was there Christ suffered in pardon me,
I am waiting at the cross.

I repent, O Lord, as Thy word commands,
I am waiting at the cross;
Oh, release my heart from its sinful bands,
I am waiting at the cross.

If you are willing to repent of your sins past and trust Christ as your Saviour today, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for your soul’s salvation, repent of your sins, and start living a new life in Christ:

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 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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