The World’s Darkest Hour, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 447 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 814 since Jan. 1, 2016)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Honoring and giving glory to God and Jesus Christ, and remembering their servant Billy Graham by preaching an adaptation of one of his powerful messages.

TEXT: Matthew 26:36-39:

36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.


Jesus suffered greatly in the process of His crucifixion. First, He suffered tremendous physical pain. He was beaten, spit on, and whipped before being taken to the cross. Then, He suffered tremendous loneliness — not only the loneliness of solitude and abandonment in that hour, but throughout His life on this earth, he experienced the loneliness of sorrow, the loneliness of character, and finally, on the cross, He experienced the loneliness of sin. Third, He experienced tremendous mental anguish. Just the thought of what He had been sent to do prompted great drops of blood to roll like sweat from His brow.

Then, the fourth element in this bitter cup that Jesus was about to drink was the cup of the anguish of soul. The physical pain, the loneliness of its shame, and the mental anguish was nothing compared to the spiritual suffering which Jesus Christ suffered on the cross that day. That night He was thinking about God, and His suffering was wrapped up in one little word — “sin.” Because that next day Jesus was going to become guilty of your sins and my sins. A cloud was going to pass between Him and God — a cloud, for the first time — and His pure righteous soul was going to be filled with sin. Your sins were going to be laid on Him. The Scripture says that God “laid on him the iniquity of us all.” The Bible says He was “made to be sin for us, who knew no sin.” He had never known sin, but He was made to be sin.

His soul must have shuddered. His soul must have been shaken. How Jesus must have looked ahead with horror. He said, “O God, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. O God, I don’t want to have to drink this cup. If there is any other way to save men, if there is any other way for the world to be saved, let it be done.”

But there was no other way. But the Bible says we cannot work for it. “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” You can work your fingers to the bone doing good work, but that will not save your soul. Suppose a man could pay for it. Suppose you had a billion dollars and you gave it all to charity. Suppose you were the richest person in the world and you gave it all to God. Would you go to heaven? Not unless you had come to the cross. Because, you see, if you could have bought your way, or if you could have worked your way, or if you could have schemed your way to heaven, Jesus need never have gone to the cross. That night God would have said, “Jesus, you do not have to go to the cross. There is another way.” But God did not say that to His Son. There was no other way.

If I could tell you another way of salvation that is easier, I would tell you. But, I tell you after studying this book for twenty years, there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved except the name of Jesus. There is no other way of salvation except at the foot of the cross.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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