Jesus Does Not Mind Interruptions (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 658 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,023 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:18-26

18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

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William Burkitt said, “Feeble faith oft-times meets with a sweeter outcome than it could expect. This poor woman came to Christ trembling, but went away triumphing; Christ bids her good comfort, and by her faith makes her whole.”

By way of introduction, the FaithLife Study Bible reads, “Jesus has already displayed His authority over sickness, nature, evil spiritual powers, and sin; now He demonstrates authority over death. All three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) report this episode, and all three interrupt it with the report of Jesus healing a woman. Depending on the nature of her ailment, the woman might have been ceremonially unclean during the entire 12-year span. In this case, her condition was not only a physical problem, but a social and religious problem as well. Anyone who associated closely with her would have become unclean, too. She believed that even Jesus’ clothes contained some of His miraculous powers. Jesus called her ‘daughter’ as a term of endearment. He also said ‘Your faith has healed you.’ Jesus often cites a person’s faith as the impetus for healing.”

While Jesus was on His way to handle one man’s dire crisis — the death of his daughter — His progress is interrupted by a woman who takes action to claim healing for a condition that she had lived with for twelve years. According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, this woman’s “issue of blood” was “a bodily discharge” of some type or “a hemorrhage [an escape of blood from a ruptured blood vessel], either natural or the consequence of disease.” Matthew skips a lot of the details that we are familiar with from this story in the other gospels. Instead, he tells us directly what this woman did and what she was thinking while doing it: “Behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Jesus, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.”

We have to understand the extraordinary faith that this woman must have had in order to undertake what, to some, may seem like a small act. In the gospels, we read of Jesus touching people in order to heal them; but only here do we read of someone touching Jesus in order to be healed. Somehow this woman who has been sick for twelve years has got it into her head that, if she could just touch — not Jesus — but the hem, the very edge, of His clothes, she would be healed.

David Guzik said, “To the best of our knowledge, there was no promise or pattern that touching the garment of Jesus would bring healing. It seems that the woman believed this in a somewhat superstitious way. Yet even though her faith had elements of error and superstition, she believed in the healing power of Jesus and His garment served as a point of contact for that faith. There are many things that we could find wrong with this woman’s faith. Yet her faith was in Jesus; and the object of faith is much more important than the quality or even quantity of faith.”

Jesus, of course, knew what was happening and knew what the woman was thinking. He calls her out of the crowd saying, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.” Why did He offer her comfort? Because she was ashamed of her condition and because she was nervous about being rejected since she was coming as a ritually unclean person in close contact with the public — two things the religious leaders would have condemned her for. Then, Jesus commends her faith, letting her know that her faith, not her touching His garment, is the reason why she received healing.

What this passage teaches us is that God honors true faith wherever and however it is found. Whether it is found in the desperate but bold pleading of Jairus for the resurrection of his daughter, or the timid, quiet faith of a woman so ashamed that she doesn’t think herself worthy to command Jesus’ attention. Jesus taught that faith is like a mustard seed, and this woman certainly had at least mustard seed-sized faith. But her faith received a great reward with her complete deliverance from that which had tormented her for so long.

Edgar Stites wrote:

‘Tis simple faith that breaks the power
And sets us free from sin,
‘Tis simple faith unlocks the gate
Of Heav’n and lets us in.

Just simple faith in Christ will save
The humblest trembling soul;
There’s none so poor, and none so sick,
But He will make them whole.

By simple faith we bring to Him,
Not wondrous words of prayer,
But humbly bring a contrite heart,
And trust, and leave it there.

Thus simple faith and perfect love
Shall lift my soul so high,
‘Twill give a crown the stars above,
A home beyond the sky.

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Now, if you are with us today and 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 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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.


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.

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With Jesus, You Do Not Have to Fear Death Because He Has Power Over Death, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 657 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,022 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:18-26

18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

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Adam Clarke said, “To be successful in our applications to God, four things are requisite; and this ruler teaches us what they are. First, a man should place himself in the presence of God. Second, he should humble himself sincerely before God. Third, he should lay open his wants with a holy earnestness. Fourth, he should have unbounded confidence in the power and goodness of Christ that his request shall be granted.”

In this passage, we have one account of Jesus’ healing ministry interrupted by another. These events begin at the dinner that Jesus was attending with his disciples. While Jesus was still speaking with John’s disciples, “there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him…” Mark and Luke inform us that this certain ruler was none other than Jairus the leader of the local synagogue. Dr. John MacArthur notes, “He not only was a synagogue official but was the chief official, or elder, of the synagogue. He was therefore the highest ranking religious official in Capernaum, responsible for the total administration and operation of the synagogue. He supervised the worship services and oversaw the work of the other elders, which included teaching, judging disputes, and other such leadership duties. As the ranking member of the Jewish religious establishment in Capernaum, which would have included scribes and Pharisees, Jairus may well have been a Pharisee himself. As is clear from the earlier sections of Matthew and of the other gospels, the religious establishment in general was already developing strong opposition to Jesus. Jairus could not have escaped being aware of this opposition, and when he came to Jesus for help he knew he would face criticism and pressure from his peers.”

Despite all that, Jairus comes to Jesus. The text says he “worshipped” him — publicly, not caring what others would think. The Greek word translated as ‘worship’ implies that he bowed down at Jesus’ feet, and may have even kissed his feet, the hem of his garment, or the ground. What would cause a man of such standing to humble himself in such a manner? He reveals why in his words to Jesus: “My daughter is even now dead…” Like any parent, this disconsolate father loved his child dearly, and her death would have broken his heart. But, he had heard the reports of this Man Jesus and the extraordinary things that He had done for others. And, in that moment, Jairus did not care about any religious differences or any questions about the Law or the Prophets. He just knew that Jesus was his only chance to get his daughter back.

Jairus tells Jesus, “Come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.” Despite the doubts and animosity presented just a few moments prior by his peers, the Pharisees, Jairus expresses strong confidence in Jesus’ abilities. He does not have a grasp on the how or the why; but he certainly has a grasp on the what. In his mind, Jairus is saying, “This Man, Jesus, has power. If I can just get Him to my house to lay hands on my daughter, everything will be all right.” We know from previous examples, that Jesus always honored such faith. He was, if you will, impressed by it, and often lifted up those who expressed strong faith as examples for others.

Jesus does not hesitate to respond to Jairus — not with words, but with action. The text says, “And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.” The time for celebration sparked by Matthew’s decision to follow Jesus was over. It was time for Jesus & Co. to get back to work. Of course, we know that Jesus could have spoken the word or issued a silent command, and Jairus’ daughter would have been raised from the dead. But, for some reason, Jesus felt it necessary to go to this man’s house to work the miracle. The gospel writer does not give us the reason why. But it is not far-fetched to assume that Jesus aimed to show that He was not hostile to the religious establishment for the sake of being hostile. Instead, He was ready to respond in kind to those who came to Him in sincerity, total faith, and complete dependence for their needs. Like the disconsolate father in this passage, we ought to come to Christ in faith knowing that He can deliver us.

Thomas Moore wrote:

Come, ye disconsolate, wherever ye languish,
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.”

Here see the Bread of Life, see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but Heaven can remove.

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Now, if you are with us today and 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 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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.


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.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 105 (Anger and Wrath) (Onward Christian Soldiers #229)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 105 (Anger and Wrath)”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are looking at today is the sin of anger and wrath. This is the fifth sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

Today, we are looking at Proverbs 19:11. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website Gospellighthouseofprayer.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Proverbs 19:11

The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

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William Arnot said, “Anger cannot be cast wholly out of man in the present state. On some occasions we do well to be angry. But the only legitimate anger is a holy emotion directed against an unholy thing. Sin, and not our neighbour, must be its object.”

This proverb speaks again of the wisdom of tempering the common emotion of anger. We can do this through a measure of “discretion.” The Hebrew word translated as “discretion” means: “prudence, good sense, insight, and understanding.” A prudent person has the good sense and insight to understand that a display of anger and wrath, unless it is holy anger against sin rebellion and evil in most cases, does not solve problems. Rather, it only gives rise to more anger, resentment, bitterness, and dispiritedness on the the part of others involved.

Instead, a prudent person “defers” his anger. The Hebrew word translated as “deferreth” means to “tarry” or stay. Staying one’s anger means to set it aside, to hold it back for another time, for the greater good. Anger is like an angry bird trapped inside of us, clawing to get out. And expressing our anger, letting out this strong emotion, feels good to us in the moment. However, it often does more harm than good if it is not holy anger against sin, rebellion and evil

Rather, as this verse indicates, it is often wise to “pass over a transgression.” In fact, it is a person’s ‘glory’ to do so. The Hebrew word translated as ‘glory’ means: ‘beauty, splendour, or honor.’ God, in His mercy, has very often passed over our transgressions. This ‘passing over’ — this display of grace — does not detract from His honor or glory. Rather, it adds to it. We deserve God’s wrath, anger, and judgment. But, He sets the example for all of us by overlooking things that He very well could punish us for, and rightfully so. If this is God’s way of interacting with His creation often times (because God does chastise and rebuke his children for their transgressions, rebellion, and evil) we ought to follow suit and, defer our anger to a more appropriate time and pass over some transgressions and wisely rebuke others.

If you struggle with anger or wrath, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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 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.”

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 I want to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Him as my Savior and 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! I want to congratulate you 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.”

Until next time, May the Lord 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.

A Time for Feasting and a Time for Fasting, Part 3 (With an Unplanned, Impromptu, Extemporaneous Presentation of the Gospel to One of the Greatest Visionaries and CEOs in American History, Jeff Bezos) (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 656 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,021 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:14-17

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

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Warren Wiersbe said, “Jesus came to bring spiritual wholeness; He did not come to ‘patch us up’ and then let us fall apart. The image of the wineskins teaches that He gives spiritual fullness. Jewish religion was a worn-out wineskin that would burst if filled with the new wine of the gospel. Jesus did not come to renovate Moses or even mix law and grace. He came with new life!”

The greatest dilemma that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day faced in regards to this man who worked such miracles and taught with authority they had never witnessed was how exactly Jesus fit into their religious system. In their minds, Jesus was an anomaly, an outlier. They had never seen anyone like Him. That is why repeatedly in the gospels we see the Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes, coming to Jesus, asking Him questions, trying to figure Him out. Here, in this passage, the disciples of John the Baptist, though they asked a question specifically about fasting, are really trying to understand what makes Jesus’ disciples different from them. Why aren’t Jesus’ disciples conforming to the religious traditions that they conformed to?

As Jesus continues His response to John’s followers, He draws on the examples of mending a garment and storing wine in skin bottles. “No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”

Regarding these examples, D.A. Carson writes: “The first of the examples is clear enough: a piece of unshrunk cloth tightly sewed to old and well-shrunk cloth in order to repair a tear will eventually cause a bigger tear. The second example is also a ‘slice of life’ in the ancient world. Skin bottles for carrying various fluids were made by killing the chosen animal, cutting off its head and feet, skinning the carcass, and sewing up the skin, fur side out, to seal off all orifices but one (usually the neck). The skin was tanned with special care to minimize disagreeable taste. In time, the skin became hard and brittle. If new wine, still fermenting, were put into such an old skin, the build-up of fermenting gases would split the brittle container and ruin both bottle and wine. New wine was placed only in new wineskins still pliable and elastic enough to accommodate the pressure.”

With these examples, Jesus is comparing His teachings to a new garment and new wine. Jesus did not come to patch up the old garments of religious Judaism. He came to give those who believe in Him an entirely new wardrobe. Jesus did not come to pour His wine into the old, brittle bottles of the Pharisees and Sadducees. He came with new wine and new bottles. Jesus is telling John’s disciples, ‘You must stop thinking according to the old ways. I have come with a new covenant — a covenant based on God’s love, mercy, and grace — a covenant that fulfills the Law, and yet transcends the Law. Stop trying to squeeze Me into your old, religion. I have come that all people might have NEW life.”

Even today, we make the same mistake that the religious crowd of Jesus’ day made. We try to take Jesus’ teachings, especially the ones that make us uncomfortable, and squeeze them into our religious scaffolding. We want to add a little Jesus-seasoning to our life when God wants to give us a whole new stew. Jesus came to disrupt life as we know it. Until we accept and embrace Jesus-as-Disruptor — until we let go of old, perfunctory religious practices — we will never fully experience the transformation that awaits us in Christ Jesus.

John Newton wrote:

In evil long I took delight,
Unawed by shame or fear,
Till a new object struck my sight,
And stopped my wild career.
I saw One hanging on a tree,
In agony and blood;
He fixed His loving eyes on me,
As near His cross I stood.
How can it be, upon a tree
The Savior died for Me?
My soul is thrilled, my heart is filled,
To think He died for me.

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Now, if you are with us today and 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 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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.


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.

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Evil Age, Part 4 (Second Coming Chapel)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 25:31-46

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

— PRAYER —

Practical Duties for the Christian in this Present Evil Age, Part 4

F.F. Bruce said, “The brethren in this passage are the Christian poor and needy and suffering in the first place, but ultimately and inferentially any suffering people anywhere.”

In our last message, we talked about the spirit and attitude of the believers in response to this praise from their master, the King. The King has described their good service to others as having been done unto Him. However, the “righteous” point out that they never saw the King hungry or thirsty or naked or sick or in prison. Jesus’ response is, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Now, who are the “brethren” Jesus speaks of whom these believers have ministered to? Many believe that, due to the context of the passage — and the fact that it is a depiction of a judgment that will take place right after the Tribulation and before the Millennial Kingdom, the “brethren” Jesus speaks of are the Jews. Jesus, a Jew and the King of the Jews, was concerned about how His people according to the flesh and according to promise would be treated. Dr. Warren Wiersbe writes, “Who are these people that the King dares to call ‘my brethren’? It seems likely that they are the believing Jews from the tribulation period. These are people who will hear the message of the 144,000 and trust Jesus Christ. Since these believing Jews will not receive the ‘mark of the beast,’ they will be unable to buy or sell. How, then, can they survive? Through the loving care of the Gentiles who have trusted Christ and who care for His brethren.” The actions of these believers will be reminiscent of the many Europeans who helped protect, hide, and smuggle Jews to safety during World War II as Hitler attempted to wipe out their race.

Those of us who are believers today will not be alive during the Tribulation. We will have died before then and gone to Heaven or taken up in the Rapture. However, that should not prevent us from following the example of the future believers who will risk their lives to take care of the Lord’s chosen people. These believers will already have a target on their backs due to their faith in Christ. The antichrist will be driven to persecute all those who refuse to take his mark. However, Satan will fuel his double-hatred for the Jews, and his final act will be an assault on the Holy Land in an effort to stamp them out once and for all.

If, under such dire circumstances, these believers can remain faithful to living out their Christian faith by loving their neighbors through word and deed, we who are under far less pressure can do so today, not only for the Jews, but for the poor, hungry, naked, homeless, sick, and imprisoned wherever we find them.

Charles Wesley wrote:

Who are these arrayed in white,
Brighter than the noon-day sun?
Foremost of the sons of light;
Nearest the eternal throne?
These are they that bore the cross,
Nobly for their Master stood;
Sufferers in His righteous cause,
Followers of the dying God.

More than conquerors at last,
Here they find their trials o’er;
They have all their sufferings past,
Hunger now and thirst no more:
No excessive heat they feel
From the sun’s directer ray;
In a milder clime they dwell,
Region of eternal day.

He that on the throne doth reign,
Them the Lamb shall always feed,
With the tree of life sustain,
To the living fountains lead;
He shall all their sorrows chase,
All their wants at once remove,
Wipe the tears from every face,
Fill up every soul with love.

—–

Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

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.”

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 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.

A Time for Feasting and a Time for Fasting, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 654 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,019 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:14-17

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

——-

William Temple said, “If we had the Bridegroom always with us, we should never need observances such as fasting. But the Bridegroom leaves us sometimes, and then we cannot do without them. He has left us, and the Church has found just what He predicted, that much which was needless while He stayed became needful when He was gone.”

We all like the ideas that feasting connotes. We like to celebrate, eat, drink, and have a good time. When Jesus was with His disciples, that is what they experienced most of the time. In spite of the opposition that they received, there were no “down days” when one was with Jesus. Even those who met Jesus in passing went away with celebration. At one point, Jesus was on his way into a city as a funeral procession was on its way out of the city. A widow’s son had died and they were on their way to bury him. Jesus stopped the procession and raised the widow’s son from the dead. Without a doubt, those people who had awakened with a funeral on their agenda went home and feasted.

The life that Jesus led his disciples in was a small fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “The Lord of hosts shall make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines well refined… He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces.” One day, that prophecy will be true for everyone who follows Christ. However, when Jesus’ ascended to Heaven, the time of near-constant celebration were over. Jesus tells John’s disciples, “The days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.” We are living in those days when we are separated from the physical presence of the bridegroom, thus it is appropriate for us as Christians to fast as fasting helps draw us closer to God as we abstain from some of the comforts and enjoyments of this world.

The Anglican commentator John Trapp drew three principles from Jesus’ solemn words, “then they shall fast.”

1. He said, “Fasting is not abolished with the ceremonial law, but it is still to be used as a duty of the Gospel.” Every Christian who has fasted for spiritual reasons will testify to the benefits of drawing away from earthly pleasures in order to grow more attuned to God. Extended times of fasting and prayer give us the time and space we need to examine our hearts, see ourselves as God sees us, repent of sin, and gain power for Gospel-impact ministry service.

2. He said, “Times of heaviness are times of humiliation.” If we are in a constant state of celebration, we have a tendency to become less vigilant in our spiritual lives and otherwise. That is why we are told to be sober-minded (or serious-minded) in Scripture. It is good to fast, to go to the house of mourning, and to weep with those who weep. We need to remain aware of the darkness that is in the world, because it is our job as Christians to shine a light in it.

3. He said, “Our times of celebrations are marriage-feasts for continuance and remembrance; they last not long.” Simply because the Bridegroom is not with us physically that does not mean we should never feast or celebrate. However, when we do celebrate, we ought to see it as a reminder of the Great Feast that we will partake of when we are finally united with Christ for eternity. The mini-celebrations we have down here ought to point us to the eternal celebration that we will have up there.

When we read the book of Acts, we do not often see the first Christians feasting and celebrating. There was much fasting, prayer, and persecution. However, they were engaged in a great mission that required them to stay vigilant and spiritually alert. We are engaged in that same mission, and it is appropriate for us to fast from time to time.

John M. Neale wrote:

O happy band of pilgrims,
If onward you will tread,
With Jesus as your fellow,
To Jesus as your head.

O happy if you labor,
As Jesus did for men;
O happy if you hunger
As Jesus hungered then.

The trials that beset you,
The sorrows you endure,
The manifold temptations
That death alone can cure.

What are they but His jewels
Of right celestial worth?
What are they but the ladder
Set up to heaven on earth?

O happy band of pilgrims,
Look upward to the skies,
Where such a light affliction
Shall win you such a prize.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and 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 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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.


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.

Jesus, Fasting, and the Disciples of John, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 653 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,018 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:14-17

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

——-

Warren Wiersbe said, “As the Physician, Jesus came to bring spiritual health to sick sinners. As the Bridegroom, He came to give spiritual joy. The Christian life is a feast, not a funeral.”

As this passage continues, it appears that Jesus is still at the feast that took place after He called Matthew to follow Him. Many sinners and publicans are gathered there. The Pharisees came with their criticism and questions, but Jesus dismissed them with the encouragement to go study the Scripture that they might learn the true nature of God. Now, the disciples of John the Baptist come to Jesus with a question of their own: “Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?”

In the gospels, Jesus is only described as fasting once — during his 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. We do not read of the disciples ever fasting in the gospels. However, Jesus is described as eating, drinking, and feasting with his disciples and others numerous times. At one point, Jesus even defends his disciples who had gotten hungry and picked grain on the Sabbath so they could eat. John MacArthur notes that “the Old Testament prescribed only one fast, the one on the Day of Atonement. But Jewish tradition had come to require fasting twice a week, and these disciples [those of John and the Pharisees] were careful to follow that practice.” But, why didn’t Jesus and His disciples fast as ritually as the Pharisees and other religious groups?

Jesus responds to John’s disciples in the context of a marriage, saying, “Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them?” A wedding in that day normally lasted seven days and was a time of great celebration and feasting. In this context, Jesus is speaking of Himself as the groom and His followers as the “children of the bridechamber.” According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, the children of the bridechamber “were friends or companions of the bridegroom or bride, and were usually very numerous. Any wedding guest might be included in the expression, or anyone who took part in the bridal procession and remained for the wedding-feast.”

With Jesus with them in the present, the disciples had no reason to mourn. Although it is likely that they did not fully understand it, they were in communion with God. They awakened each day in the presence of God in the flesh. If they believed that Jesus was indeed “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” as Peter confessed, they had no reason to go about what had become a perfunctory and often insincere practice. David Guzik said, “It wasn’t right for Jesus’ disciples to imitate the Pharisees in their hypocritical shows. Nor was it right for them to imitate John’s disciples in their ministry of humble preparation, because the disciples lived in the experience that John tried to prepare people for.”

As the angels declared on the night of His birth, Jesus’ coming heralded peace on earth and good will to men. Hundreds of years of expectancy and longing were fulfilled that night. And during his three year ministry, those who followed Jesus closely lived in harmony with that reality. Because the bridegroom was with them, they had no reason to fear, fast, or mourn. One day, the bridegroom will be with all of His followers, not just in a spiritual sense, but in a physical sense as well. And, this time, the benefits of His presence will be eternal.

Johann Rist wrote:

Arise, sons of the kingdom!
The King is drawing nigh;
Arise, and hail with gladness
The ruler from on high.
Ye Christians, hasten forth!
Your praise and homage bring Him,
Naught else your love is worth
And glad hosannas sing Him.

Arise, ye drooping mourners!
The King is very near;
Away with grief and sorrow,
For lo! your help is here.
Behold, in many a place—
We find Him, our salvation,
Through Him, we receive grace
What blessed consolation!

Arise, ye much afflicted!
The King is now not far;
Rejoice, ye long dejected!
Here comes the Morning Star.
The Lord will give you joy;
Though troubles now distress you,
Even death He will destroy.
And with comfort He will bless you!

——-

Now, if you are with us today and 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 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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.


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.

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