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Thanks for Repairing the Tomb of Jesus, but He is Still Not There (Gospel Light Minute X #273)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

This past week, the traditional tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem was re-opened to the public after nine months of meticulous repairs. According to CNN, the burial chamber where Christ is believed to have been entombed is situated in the heart of the Christian quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City. The small limestone and marble structure built on the site identified in the 4th century as Jesus’ resting place following his crucifixion received much-needed repairs. The repairs were completed a few weeks ahead of Easter when, once again, thousands of believers from around the world will converge on the site to mark the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. After the Easter season, a second phase of restoration is set to begin. The first phase cost over $3.7 million.

Caring for the resting place of someone who has passed away is not unheard of. In fact, there are “grave care” businesses that are paid to clear leaves, cut the grass, and place flowers on the tomb of a loved one who has died. People often go and spend a few moments at the grave in order to feel closer to the one who is gone.

But all the fuss about Jesus’ tomb is taking place for an entirely different reason. People don’t flock to the site each year because it is His final resting place. Millions of dollars aren’t being spent to restore the structure because His body is actually there. Rather, people visit the site because Jesus is NOT there. He did not stay in His grave. Although He died and was buried, Acts 2:31 says, “His soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption (or decay in the grave).”

The thousands who make pilgrimage to Jerusalem each year are going to be reminded of the resurrection power that Jesus brought to the world. Just as He rose from the dead and conquered the grave, He is the means by which each of us can do the same. Jesus is God’s Son who took on human flesh so that He might bear the punishment of our sins on Himself. Without His sacrifice, each of us would die, go to the grave, and stay in the grave. But, because of what Jesus did on the cross, if we place our faith and trust in Him, we can do as He did and one day rise from the grave to live where He is forever.

Do you want to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ so that you can be resurrected to live with Him forever? It will only take a minute to make this important decision. Allow me to show you how you can do so right now.

First, you must realize and admit that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” This is both spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.

Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

Fourth, you must accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For 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.”

Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. 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.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.

Finally, with these facts in mind, you must repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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.”

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Holy Father God, 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 trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! 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 Amazon.com 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.

Even Though This Place Has A Great Wall, the Gates Are Always Open, and You Are Always Welcome Here (Gospel Light Minute X #272)


One of the biggest debates taking place in our world today surrounds the issue of immigration and refugees who leave their own conflict-ridden lands to find a better life elsewhere. Over the past two years, 1.3 million refugees from the Middle East and North Africa have entered Europe. In the same time period, over 150,000 refugees entered the United States. These people are running from war, persecution, violence, and lack of economic opportunity.

However, many people are not willing to welcome these refugees and immigrants with open arms. Some see them as a threat to security, as a drain on resources, or as a diluting influence on the country’s culture. Growing support for nationalism around the globe has put a spotlight on the beliefs of those who feel that a country ought to take care of its own before trying to help others. Nationalist candidates in European countries are pushing for stronger barriers to entrance. And, in the U.S., the president has issued a travel ban halting immigration from certain countries and strengthening vetting of refugees and migrants overall.

The desire to go to a better land that is felt by thousands of people today has been a mark of the human race almost since the beginning of history. We are always seeking out greener pastures, better opportunities, that special place where all our dreams will come true. While in this world, we will never find that place; any place we settle will fall short of our dreams. But there is a place beyond this world that we cannot begin to even imagine. In this place, the hopes and dreams of all people will reach their highest realization. And, best of all, the doors of this place are always open and everyone is welcome there. Continue reading

GLMX #272: Escaping the ‘Suicide Squad’

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The much-hyped comic book movie, Suicide Squad, is now in theaters. It’s a far cry from typical superhero fare. In fact, there are no real heroes in it at all. Instead it’s a motley assembly of “bad guys” — “the worst of the worst” — who the head of a secret government agency believes “can do some good.”

Enter: a cold-blooded serial assassin; a psychiatrist who herself went crazy; a gangster who can produce fire with his hands; a psychotic Australian who is handy with a boomerang; a cannibal who has the bodily attributes of a crocodile; a man who is an expert with ropes (mostly strangling people with them); a Japanese swordswoman who can trap souls with her blade; and an archaeologist who turned into a witch after contact with an ancient power. That’s not to mention the Clown Prince of Crime — the Joker — who doesn’t need a squad; he produces plenty of mayhem just fine on his own.

The idea that this group of villains, this Suicide Squad, can actually do some good might seem laughable at first, but when you think about it, it’s not all that farfetched. Every year, billions of dollars are spent trying to reform violent criminals in jails around the world. The drug rehab and addiction treatment industry in the U.S. is said to be worth over $35 billion. Social activists have been clamoring for the government to ease restrictions on felons who have served their time so they have a better chance to successfully re-enter society. That’s not to mention the millions of people who struggle against sin, temptation, and vice every day. The reality is, the world is one giant suicide squad. We’re all bad people, and most of us are trying to do good. Continue reading

GLMX #271: Pokémon Go and the Transience of (Almost) Everything

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If you’ve listened to the media lately, you might think that the only thing people do for recreation nowadays is play Pokémon Go — the augmented reality game in which players capture virtual cartoon creatures in the real world. Over 100 million people have downloaded the app, and nearly everyone — from business owners and politicians to churches and police departments — are trying to cash in on the game’s popularity. Unfortunately, the game craze is so addictive that some people have been injured and involved in car accidents by not paying attention to their surroundings while playing.

Is the mania surrounding Pokemon Go here to stay? Don’t count on it. Remember when it seemed like everybody was dancing to Gangnam Style, doing the Harlem Shake, or taking the Ice Bucket Challenge? For a while, it seems like people can’t get enough of whatever the latest craze is. But, eventually, interest fades, and it’s almost as if nothing ever happened. Who knows? Maybe selfies and emojis will be out-dated one day.

The coming and going of viral crazes reminds us of the transience of life. It seems as though everything in this world eventually fades, becoming less and less tangible as it recedes into the past. Even human beings, the pinnacle of God’s creation, eventually die. The Bible says in First John 2:17, “The world passeth away, and the lust thereof…” Our lives are even described as a “vapor that is here for a little while and then passes away.”

The transience of the world is why the Bible tells us to “love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” Why love and lean on something or someone that will eventually be gone?

Very little in this world lasts forever. The rest of 1 John 2:17 tells us of one of those things. It says, “he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” If it is true that the world passes away, then what happens to those who do the will of God? If they abide forever, where do they go? Those who do the will of God go to abide with God in Heaven forever. God is eternal and everlasting. His Heaven is eternal as well. You have an eternal soul — your body will die, but you will still exist. And it is up to you to determine where you will make your eternal home.

If you do the will of God, you can live with God in Heaven forever. However, if you don’t do the will of God, you will live apart from God in Hell — a place of torment and suffering — forever.

So, what is the will of God? John 6:29 says, “This is the will of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” God sent Jesus Christ to live a perfect life on earth and to die on the cross for the sins of the world. It is only through Him that we can live forever with God in Heaven. Believing in Jesus is the will of God for your life.

If you have not trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, 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 just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving 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.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

GLMX #270: Dear Jerika Bolen, Before You Leave Us…

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Jerika Bolen is 14-years-old. And, when this summer is over, she plans to die.


Jerika suffers spinal muscular atrophy type 2. According to USA Today, “The disease destroys nerve cells in the brain stem and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle activity, and a lack of movement causes the muscles to waste away. Jerika has never walked, and she says her pain is a seven on a scale of one to 10 on her best days. She can speak and has some movement of her hands, but the disease — and the pain — are only going to get worse.”

Jerika has made the decision to enter hospice care at the end of August, unhook her ventilator and die. This week, a prom event was held in her honor. Over 1,000 people — most of them complete strangers — turned out to make one of her last days alive fun, enjoyable, and memorable. Many expressed admiration of her bravery in making the decision to die before she lost the ability to do so.

But death is a big — a very big — event. There is no coming back from it. And while we may debate whether or not it is right for a person to choose their own death, there is one important thing that must be considered before death — whether planned or unplanned.

And that is, what happens AFTER death. Popular culture would have us believe that death is death, and that afterwards people inevitably “find peace.” But what comes after death is as much a decision as anything else in life. We can choose what happens to us after we die. Continue reading

Alive in Christ, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #165)

A series of homilies on Ephesians

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 2:1-3:

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

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Lewis Drummond said, “The spiritual disciplines of 2 Chronicles 7:14 are not just conditions for a true revival; they are the revival itself.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we had more sleepless nights in prayer, there would be far fewer souls to have a sleepless eternal night in hell.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Four years after revival broke out under Jonathan Edwards’ preaching, people throughout all the English colonies were stirred to conversion through the preaching of another great evangelist, the Englishman George Whitefield. Benjamin Franklin published Whitefield’s fiery sermons for the masses to read, and these publications contributed to the revival as well.”

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Continuing with the theme of remembering where we have come from on our journey from sinners to saints, Paul reminds us that we were once just as bad as the people whom we now are often eager to condemn. Notice that Paul includes himself in the number: “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

The word “conversation” is another metaphor for lifestyle. Our lifestyle was that of people who seek only to fulfill the desires of the flesh and the carnal desires of the mind. We pursued the things of this world instead of the things of God. We were blinded to the fact that we were being led on by Satan and that we were, “by nature,” the “children of wrath.” In other words, we were headed for destruction and Hell where we would experience the wrath of God.

Why is Paul focusing on this? Shouldn’t we be putting the past behind us and looking toward the future. Yes, we ought to put the past behind us, but that does not mean we ought to completely forget the past. If you play with fire and get burnt, after you have recovered from your injury, it would be wise for you to remember the painful sensation of being burnt so that you won’t play with fire again. You also ought to remember the pain so that you can warn others about the danger of playing with fire. That is what this is about.

One commentator said, “The converts are to be reminded what they have been delivered from, as well as what they have been lifted into. They must be led to look down again into the pit, into the grave, from which grace called them out and set them free.” The grace that we have experienced ought to spur us on to look back and pull others out of the fire, and look to our glorious and bright future at the same time.

GLMX #268: All Lives Matter to God


This past week has been one of the most distressing weeks in America’s recent history. Again, three young black men — Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Delrawn Small — were shot dead by police under circumstances that many believe did not have to end in a fatality.

And then, on Friday, five white police officers in Dallas, TX — Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Brent Thompson — were gunned down by a black man as they were overseeing a peaceful demonstration in the city.

Once again, the nation is confronted by crucial questions as many engage in soul-searching regarding how we got to this place in America. Once again, slogans have been thrown about — “black lives matter”, “all lives matter”, “blue lives matter,” etc. Racial conflict, and its sometimes deadly consequences, has unfortunately led to increased division in our country. This is evident even in the belief of some that one of the aforementioned slogans should be used to the exclusion of all others.

Whatever position you take on issues of race, police brutality, and injustice in this country, I can tell you without a doubt that all lives matter to God. You may not feel like your life or the lives of a certain group of people matter to the government or to society at large, but I can say without hesitation that every life matters to God. In God’s eyes, every person is deserving of being treated with respect, honor, fairness, and dignity because every human being is made in God’s image. Most importantly, every life counts to God because every life represents a soul worth saving from sin and the punishment of sin. Continue reading

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