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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

Jesus says, “Come and Dine” (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 366)

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TEXT: John 21:11-14:

11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 366.

Joni Eareckson Tada said, “When I look at Jesus’ warm and intimate friendships, my heart fills with praise that Jesus was a man. A man of flesh-and-blood reality. His heart felt the sting of sympathy. His eyes glowed with tenderness. His arms embraced. His lips smiled. His hands touched. Jesus invites us to relate to Him. And because He is fully man, we can relate to Jesus with affection and love.”

As John draws his book to a close, we are again treated to a pedestrian scene involving Jesus and His disciples. The disciples had worked hard all night trying to catch fish. Jesus had come and directed them to receive a miraculous haul. Now, they were sitting on the shore with the Master eating a breakfast that He had prepared.

Jesus invited them to join Him saying, “Come and dine.” As mentioned before, from the middle of the sea, the disciples did not recognize that it was Jesus on the shore. Mary at the tomb and the disciples on the road to Emmaus had similar experiences. It is as though they had to look twice in order to see that it was really Jesus. Perhaps, the scars that Jesus had received from His scourging and crucifixion had marred His appearance to the extent that one had to look closely to see that it was really Him.

But now, with this invitation, “Come and dine,” the disciples know for sure that it is the Lord. John says, “None of the disciples dared ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.” They knew that Jesus was the only Rabbi who would kneel on the ground and prepare a meal for His disciples with His own hands and invite them to eat it with Him. They had seen this type of divine humility only in Jesus before. They remembered what Jesus had taught them — that God had sent His own Son to invite men to escape eternal punishment and receive eternal life from God. God could have demanded that men grovel in the ground and beg for mercy. Instead, He himself became flesh, took on the form of a servant and dwelt among us.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Three ‘invitations’ stand out in John’s Gospel: ‘Come and see,’ ‘Come and drink,’ and ‘Come and dine.’ How loving of Jesus to feed [the disciples] before He dealt with their spiritual needs. He gave them the opportunity to dry off, get warm, satisfy their hunger, and enjoy personal fellowship. Certainly, the spiritual is more important than the physical, but caring for the physical can prepare the way for spiritual ministry. Our Lord does not so emphasize ‘the soul’ that He neglects the body.”

Verse 14 tells us that “Jesus then cometh [personally], and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.” Jesus “fixed the plates” of His disciples; He personally served out their food. This must have reminded them of how He had personally washed their feet after the Last Supper just a few days or weeks prior. This time, however, notice there was no protest from Peter or any of the disciples. They were starting to learn, to recognize the ways of Jesus. They meekly received the service that Jesus offered them.

“Come and dine.” Jesus, today, is still extending this invitation to those who are weary, tired, and sick after long nights of being tossed on the Sea of Sin. Perhaps, you, like the disciples, have spent many dark nights of the soul toiling for your own redemption. You’ve given to charity, you’ve volunteered your time, you’ve attended church, you’ve gone and asked forgiveness of those whom you have wronged. Yet, like the disciples, you’ve come up empty. You have nothing to show for your labors. Jesus says to you, “Come and dine. Leave the Sea of Sin; come to the Shore of Salvation.” Jesus has done all the work. He offers you forgiveness of sin, escape from everlasting damnation, and eternal life with God. All you have to do is receive it.

Charles B. Widmeyer wrote:

Jesus has a table spread
Where the saints of God are fed,
He invites His chosen people, “Come and dine”;
With His manna He doth feed
And supplies our every need:
Oh, ’tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time!

The disciples came to land,
Thus obeying Christ’s command,
For the Master called unto them, “Come and dine”;
There they found their heart’s desire,
Bread and fish upon the fire;
Thus He satisfies the hungry every time.

Soon the Lamb will take His bride
To be ever at His side,
All the host of heaven will assembled be;
Oh, ’twill be a glorious sight,
All the saints in spotless white;
And with Jesus they will feast eternally.

Will you accept Jesus’ invitation to fill your hungry soul? Come and dine at the table of the Savior today by receiving the work He did on the cross for you.

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.

The Jesus Effect, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 361)

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TEXT: John 21:1-8:

1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.

2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.

3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 361.

Alfred Plummer said, “There is no need to seek symbolical meanings for the right and left side of the disciples’ boat. The difference is not between right and left, but between working with and without Divine guidance.”

In the final chapter of the book of John, the post-resurrection narrative shifts to Galilee, specifically the Sea of Tiberius. It is significant that Jesus would appear to His disciples here because this region is where most of them came from and also where most of Jesus’ followers came from. As you may recall, the Galileans were seen as being of a lower class than the Jews from Judea. But Jesus found His most receptive audience among these people who were looked down on. This appearance of Jesus is also significant because the angel at the tomb, and later Jesus Himself, stated that He would appear to His disciples in Galilee. The first two appearances that John recorded took place in Jerusalem as far as we know.

While the other disciples are waiting for Jesus to arrive, Simon Peter announces, “I go a fishing.” No preamble, no talking it over with the other guys. Just, “I go a fishing.” Six of the other disciples decide to go with Peter — Thomas, Nathanael, James, John, and two others who are unnamed. The disciples are frequently criticized here for their willingness to go back to their former occupation so soon. But the Bible does not tell us that what they did was wrong or that they intended this as a way of turning their back on the ministry. Rather, it is just as likely that Peter, who had a wife and children, and the other disciples needed to make some money to take care of their earthly needs.

The Bible tells us that the disciples were out fishing on the boat all night, but caught nothing. In the morning, they are understandably frustrated. When a man appears on the shore asking, “Children, have ye any meat?” their response is terse. “No.” The man’s question is not unusual. Those interested in purchasing from fishermen would often call out from the shore to find out how the catch was going.

What is unusual, however, is what happened next. The man on the shore tells the disciples, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” First, it should be stated that there is nothing significant about the right side versus the left side of the ship. What is significant is the fact that the disciples found success when they did what Jesus told them to do.

This is important to them because they needed to be reminded of their need to rely on God. It is human nature to think that one is invincible following a great victory such as the one the disciples experienced with Jesus’ resurrection. But the days and months ahead would cause the disciples to look to Jesus for guidance and deliverance many times. Dr. Warren Wiersbe writes, “Had they forgotten the Lord’s words, ‘For without me, ye can do nothing’? Perhaps [in this fishing expedition], Peter’s impulsiveness and self-confidence were revealing themselves again. He was sincere, and he worked hard, but there were no results. How like some believers in the service of the Lord! They sincerely believe that they are doing God’s will, but their labors are in vain. They are serving without direction from the Lord, so they cannot expect blessing from the Lord.”

Much of what we do in life may not be working out simply because we are not following the direction of the Lord in the matter or because we are doing things that He has not commanded us to do. The test for us is whether or not we will change our tactics when we hear His voice and begin doing things according to His will. God wants to bless us. He wants to give us the abundant life. He wants our fishing nets to be overflowing. But it is up to us as to whether we will receive the blessings that He offers us. Peter and the other disciples would not have gotten a huge catch if they had not obeyed the Lord.

Daniel Whittle wrote:
There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

There shall be showers of blessing;
O that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

Get on the path to showers of blessings by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior 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 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.

The Gospel of John is Purpose-Driven, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 357)

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TEXT: John 20:30-31:

30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 357.

Warren Wiersbe said, “John was not content simply to explain a subject. He was an evangelist who wanted to achieve an object. He wanted his readers to believe in Jesus Christ and be saved! He was not writing a biography to entertain or a history to enlighten. He was writing an evangel to change men’s lives.”

In the final verses of the chapter before the epilogue, John explains the method and purpose of his writing. He begins by addressing those who were enraptured by Jesus’ miracles. Everybody loved Jesus’ miracles. Miracles made the headlines. Miracles drew the crowds. Miracles made people stop, look, and listen. But Jesus’ miracles were not the point of His ministry. Jesus could have not performed a single miracle and He still would have been the Son of God. That is why John says, “Many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book…”

John only focuses on seven miracles in his Gospel. There are 28 others detailed in the other three Gospels, many of which are repeated among the three. For John the writer, Jesus’ miracles were just entrance points for something else. Jesus’ miracles were to pique the interest of the reader. They were just the prologue to the story; they were not the main act. As John admits, there are many that he did not write about. So, what was the purpose of the miracles that John did write about?

John says it is so “that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.” John did not try to deceive or trick his readers into believing in Jesus; rather, he states clearly that it is his purpose to convince his readers to believe that Jesus is who he knows Jesus to be. The Gospel of John is not a book for entertainment or enjoyment. It is not a summer beach read or a winter fireside perusal. It is a book that John intends his reader to act on once he is finished reading.

Warren Wiersbe said, “There was no need for John to describe every miracle that our Lord performed. The life and ministry of Jesus Christ were simply too rich and full for any writer, even an inspired one, to give a complete record. But a complete record is not necessary. All of the basic facts are there for us to read and consider. There is sufficient truth for any sinner to believe and be saved! Faith in His miracles should lead to faith in His Word, and to personal faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Jesus Himself pointed out that faith in His miracles was but the first step toward faith in the Word of God. The sinner must still ‘hear’ [and obey] the Word if he is to be saved.”

Like the residents of first century Palestine, the world today is fascinated by the enigma that is Jesus Christ. Back then, people were enraptured by His miracles, astounded by His words, and mystified by His personality and demeanor. It is the same today, with the added intrigue of His unending endurance. How has an impoverished preacher from a trodden down nation with twelve unnotable followers not been blotted from history after 2,000 years? Every Easter and Christmas season, television is replete with documentaries, movies, and “investigations” about the life of Jesus Christ. Countless books, poems, paintings, speeches, and sermons have been produced about the Savior.

But we must not simply stop and be in awe of Jesus Christ. John’s intent is for us to believe in Him, specifically that He is the Son of God. The word “believe” means to “commit one’s trust unto.” Just as John and his fellow disciples committed their trust unto Jesus, we ought to do the same. They not only believed in Jesus because of His miracles, but because of His words and His life. John believed when Jesus said, “No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” And that is what He wants His readers to do — come to the Father through the Son.

Fanny Crosby wrote:

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

God wants to do great things in your life, beginning with your soul’s salvation. But He can only do these things if you come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Trust Him today and receive the blessings and benefits of belief.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at 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.

Jesus, Doubting Thomas, and You, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 354)

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TEXT: John 20:24-29:

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 354.

John Walvoord said, “Thomas’ response, ‘My Lord and my God,’ is the high point of the Gospel. Here was a skeptical man confronted by the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection and he announced that Jesus, the Man of Galilee, is God manifest in the flesh. The truths of the Gospel were realized personally in this apostle.”

The story of Thomas’ unbelief cannot be divorced from its present-day implications. We live in a day of doubt, unbelief, and open mocking of faith. We find in Thomas’ questioning and in Jesus’ presentation of Himself an answer for all who have trouble believing. When Jesus showed Himself for the second time to a gathering of His followers, He gave Thomas permission to touch His wounds in order to prove to himself that He really had risen from the dead. Presented with undeniable proof, Thomas declared Jesus, “My Lord and my God.”

As we read this story, it is easy to think that Jesus had to provide extra evidence for Thomas in order for him to believe. But the truth is He actually didn’t. The other disciples were no more believing than Thomas was at first. They disbelieved the reports of Mary Magdalene and the women who said they had seen Jesus at the tomb. They, too, had not believed until Jesus personally appeared to them. In their case, Jesus had provided the answer before they had the chance to ask the question. And now He provides to Thomas the same proof that He had provided to the other disciples a week before. That proof was His own presence.

Dr. Jack Crabtree of Gutenberg College writes: “In the unfolding of the historical events, Thomas, and no one else, explicitly articulates what evidence he requires in order to believe. All the other disciples — as we can see by their actions — implicitly act on exactly the same requirements for belief, but Thomas happens to be the one whose circumstances forced him to make them explicit by articulating them. This, in turn, creates the opportunity for Jesus to make this profound and interesting statement: ‘Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.'”

In the age of skepticism and doubt in which we now live, this statement is very important. Millions upon millions of individuals have believed in Jesus without ever seeing Him with their own eyes, much less touching His body. All of these, Jesus says, are the recipients of a special blessing. They have faith without sight, trust without requirement. To believe in such a manner is not as far-fetched as some say. Every time someone gets on a plane, they implicitly trust a pilot whom they have not seen to get them to their destination. In fact, we have more reason to believe that Jesus is who He says He is than we do to trust that any pilot can safely fly a plane.

Still, it takes a leap of faith to believe in Jesus, and that is why He promises a special reward for those who do. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “This blessing comes to all who believe on the basis of the proclaimed gospel and the evidences for its validity. Believers living today are not deprived by not seeing Him physically.” In light of that point, Dr. Warren Wiersbe goes on to say, “You and I today cannot see Christ, nor can we see Him perform the miracles that John wrote about in this book. But the record is there, and that is all that we need. Romans 10:17 says, ‘So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ As you read John’s record, you come face to face with Jesus Christ, how He lived, what He said, and what He did. All of the evidence points to the conclusion that He is indeed God come in the flesh, the Saviour of the world.”

The testimony of the Bible is more than enough for anyone to believe in Jesus Christ. The testimony of history — how it has been shaped and influenced by the man named Jesus — is more than enough. The testimony of the myriad of souls who have had real personal experiences with Jesus is more than enough.

As a child and young adult, you learned about events and people in the distant past. The evidence that we have for the lives of the majority of those people is the exact same evidence that we have for the life of Jesus Christ. We have written records; we have their impact on history; and we have the testimony of those who came into contact with them. If we believe what the history books say based on that alone, we need not demand further evidence in order to believe in Jesus.

Today, Christ says to us what He said to Thomas: “Be not faithless, but believing.”

One hymnist wrote:

In doubt and unbelief, I rest in Christ;
My hand in His hand, He carries my life;
My soul with His counsel through life He will guide,
And afterward make me in glory abide.

In glory He only my portion shall be,
On earth for none other I long for but Thee;
My flesh and heart falter, but God is my stay,
The strength of my spirit, my portion this day.

All they that forsake Thee must perish and die,
But near to my Savior most blessed am I;
I make Thee my refuge, my Lord and my God;
Thy grace and Thy glory I publish abroad.

Today, Jesus says to all who have doubts, all who are on the fence, all who are in the valley of decision, “Be not faithless, but believing. Rewards await you.” Not only through the Holy Spirit, but through the Word of God, the record of history, and the testimony of countless millions, He presents the truth of Himself and His sacrifice for you. Will you 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 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.

Jesus, Doubting Thomas, and You, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 353)

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TEXT: John 20:24-29:

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 353.

William Sloane Coffin said, “Faith isn’t believing without proof; it’s trusting without reservation.”

When Thomas first heard that Jesus had risen from the dead and had made an appearance to the other disciples, he refused to accept that what they were saying was true. He said that he needed to see and touch Jesus for himself before he believed. While Thomas is often chided for his doubts, we have seen from this passage that, at the very least, he was honest about his unwillingness to believe. We have also seen how that in Thomas’ mind, his doubts were plausible without solid evidence.

Now, notice another positive aspect of Thomas’ story, and that is that, despite his doubts, he stayed with the assembly of believers. Verse 26 says that “after eight days again the disciples, were within, and Thomas with them.” Thomas did not abandon the other disciples altogether after he declared his unbelief. He remained with the believers. He knew that if Jesus were truly risen, He would return to those who belonged to Him, and he wanted to be there when it happened. Too often, those who have doubts or a “crisis of faith” after they have been saved for a while choose to leave the church to “figure things out.” They think that they can find answers out in the world, but that is simply not the case. While God can and does speak to people outside of the church, the assembly of believers is the primary vehicle thru which He makes His presence known in the world today. If you are having doubts about the things of God, the last thing you need to do is run away from the place where God makes Himself known. Rather, come humbly and prayerfully to where God speaks and give Him the opportunity to speak to you.

Because Thomas was in the place where Jesus made Himself known, His doubts were answered with resounding assurance. Verse 26 reads, “then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.” As I touched on previously, Jesus did not come with a message of condemnation for Thomas. He recognized that, though Thomas doubted, he was sincere. I think Thomas wanted to believe, but he just could not bring himself to take the leap of faith without what he thought was sufficient evidence.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe points out that “John 11:16 seems to indicate that Thomas was basically a courageous man, willing to go to Judea and die with the Lord! John 14:5 reveals that Thomas was a spiritually minded man who wanted to know the truth and was not ashamed to ask questions. There seems to have been a ‘pessimistic’ outlook in Thomas. We call him ‘Doubting Thomas,’ but Jesus did not rebuke him for his doubts. He rebuked him for unbelief: ‘Be not faithless, but believing.'”

At their meeting, Jesus extends His peace to Thomas. In this case, peace that assuaged his doubts and peace that set his mind at ease. “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” Notice that Jesus gave Thomas permission to touch His wounds, but the Bible does NOT record that Thomas actually accepted this offer. Thomas SAW the wounds and believed, declaring Jesus, “my Lord and my God.”

Thomas was so overwhelmed that Jesus, God incarnate, would enter a tiny room and subject Himself to the examination of mere men that. In that moment, Thomas’ doubts were washed away. I think he was stunned at the SAMENESS of Jesus. The Jesus he saw before him in that locked room was the Jesus he had seen before the cross. The wounds from the beatings and the nails and the spear thrust proved that He was not an imposter. Thomas knew that Jesus in all His reality was standing before him, not just by His physical appearance, but by His demeanor and personality. Only Jesus, with all the power that He possessed, would offer His body for examination by one of His disciples. Only Jesus would patiently and humbly accept one of His disciples stumbling toward faith without judgment or condemnation. With Jesus’ few words and the presentation of Himself, Thomas realized that he needed to doubt no longer.

G.B. Timms wrote:

Here behold the love victorious,
Over death triumphant now,
See the feet where nails were driven,
And thy faith in him avow:
For he lives, the world’s redeemer,
Unto whom all knees shall bow.

Thomas looked upon the Master:
Was it then indeed the Lord?
Were those wounds no phantom tokens?
Did the sight with truth accord?
Scarce believing, joy unbounded,
Rose to greet the Saviour’s word.

Blessed Thomas, doubt no longer,
See the wounds in hand and side,
Now behold the risen Saviour
Who for thee has bled and died,
And from death’s dark pit arising,
Lives in body glorified.

Like Thomas, dear friend, you do not have to doubt any longer.. Jesus offers you peace through Himself. Through the Holy Spirit, He speaks to your heart, testifying of the authenticity of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. Will you give your life to Jesus Christ today and experience the forgiveness that only comes from God? 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 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.

Jesus, Doubting Thomas, and You, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 348)

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TEXT: John 20:24-29:

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

———-

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 348.

Ray Stedman said, “We ought to be grateful to Thomas for his doubting, because he voiced the doubts we all feel at times about the stories of the resurrection. Thomas only wanted to be sure that the Jesus of history and the risen Jesus were the same person. When he was convinced he also became a convincing element to all who would later doubt.”

When Jesus appeared to His followers on Resurrection Sunday, Thomas, one of the twelve disciples, was not present. We do not know where he was. Perhaps, he was off hiding alone, or perhaps, he simply had not caught up with the other disciples after fleeing when Jesus was arrested. Whatever the reason for His absence, imagine his shock when they told him that they had been visited by the risen Lord. One would think that with ten or more people telling him that they were all in the same room and saw and heard the same things at the same time, Thomas would have had enough eyewitness testimony to believe that what they were saying was true. But that is not the case.

We call Thomas, in a slightly condescending way, “doubting Thomas.” But, Thomas’ reaction is not simply one of doubt. His reaction is that of firm unbelief. He has sufficient evidence to believe, but he willfully chooses not to believe that Jesus has risen from the dead. In fact, he establishes his own standard of evidence. He says, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” The testimony of his fellow disciples is not good enough for him. He has to see and touch Jesus for himself.

Henry Morris said, “Normally, Thomas’ statement is taken to indicate that he was of a more skeptical turn of mind than the others, and, of course, he may have been. But another possibility should not be overlooked, namely that he was so shocked by the tragedy of the crucifixion that he did not find it easy to think of its consequences as being annulled.”

Thomas knew what happened when someone was flogged by the Romans. He knew what happened when someone was crucified. He knew what happened when someone died and was put in a tomb. He knew that people who died, stayed dead. Lazarus and the widow’s son whom Jesus raised from the dead were the exceptions, not the rule. If Jesus were dead, logic told Thomas that Jesus could not raise Himself from the dead. So, Thomas refused to believe.

There are many people like Thomas in our world today, and statistics show that their numbers are growing (or at least they are becoming more vocal about expressing their unbelief). They refuse to believe in God or Jesus despite the testimony of millions of people who say they have had a relationship with Him over thousands of years. They, like Thomas, say that they will not believe. They ask for evidence that no human being can provide. They want to see God. They want to see Jesus. They want to be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt.

But God for ages has demanded that people believe in Him by faith alone. God expects you to believe in Him whom you have not seen with your eyes, heard with your ears, or touched with your hands. That is what makes faith so powerful — believing in something that, technically-speaking, you have no hard, reproducible evidence for. As some have said, you can’t put God in a test tube. You can’t go back in time and install a video camera in Jesus’ tomb. So, many people refuse to believe. They, like Thomas, say, ‘Unless these standards for evidence are met, I will not believe.’

We, obviously, are going to go into this account in more detail in our next message, but what is Jesus’ message to those who maintain willful unbelief. What does God say to the Thomases of today? His message might surprise some. It is, “Peace be unto you.” Jesus knew Thomas had refused to believe, but when He showed up the next week, the first thing He said was, “Peace be unto you.” God does not view the unbeliever wholly as His enemy. He views that person as a potential family member, a child of His who has gone astray. And that is why He sent Jesus — to every atheist, to every agnostic, to every unbeliever, to every intellectual or scientist who demands irrefutable evidence — He offers them peace with Himself. Peace with God, peace in your soul does not demand physical evidence. Peace in your heart is its own evidence that God is real and that He is living inside of you. And that is what Jesus wants to provide to every unbeliever no matter how willful he is in his unbelief. Peace.

Haldor Lillenas wrote:

Like the sunshine after rain,
Like a rest that follows pain,
Like a hope returned again,
Is the peace that Jesus gives.

Like the soft, refreshing dew,
Like a rosy daybreak new,
Like a friendship tender, true,
Is the peace that Jesus gives.

Oh, the peace that Jesus gives
Never dies; it always lives.
Like the music of a psalm,
Like a glad, eternal calm,
Is the peace that Jesus gives.

You can have peace in your heart, mind, and soul today if you accept the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross as the payment for your sins. Will you give your life to Jesus Christ today and experience the forgiveness that only comes from God? 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 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.

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