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The Words Jesus Spoke to His Father Before Going Through Hell, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 279)

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TEXT: John 17:1-4:

1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

———-

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 279.

Philip Melanchthon said, “There is no voice which has ever been heard, either in heaven or on earth, more exalted, more holy, more fruitful, more sublime, than the prayer offered up by the Son to God Himself.”

Over the past four chapters in the book of John, Jesus has exclusively addressed his disciples — first twelve, and then eleven after Judas Iscariot left them to carry out his demonic betrayal of the Son of God. Now, having said all that He intended to tell them at the time, Jesus launches into a lengthy prayer to His Heavenly Father. Much of Jesus’ speech to the disciples concerned their newfound relationship status with the Father. And this prayer from the Son to the Father demonstrates the closeness and intimacy that the disciples would be able to enjoy going forward.

The first thing we are told about this prayer is Jesus’ posture: “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven.” We associate bowing our heads and closing our eyes with prayer; but in the Jewish religion, the custom of prayer is to turn the face to Heaven as if the eyes could see God. Some commentators have stated that this posture implies that, despite the gloomy circumstances surrounding Him at the moment, Jesus had hope and confidence in God’s plan. He was not downcast and saddened, something which He had just told His disciples they did not have to be either.

Here, Jesus does not make mention of the painful events that He knows are ahead for Himself and His disciples. He is praying entirely with the will of God in mind. He says, “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee…” Addressing God as Father shows the closeness of their relationship and is an example we should follow as well. This relationship will bring comfort to us when our hour of decision, or trial, or conflict comes.

Jesus’ “hour” was His betrayal, trial, and crucifixion, which would begin that very night. He refers to it as “the hour”, indicating that it is something already set, something that He and the Father have already worked out. Several times before this Jesus had told people, “my hour is not yet come.” Here He has finally reached the point where “His hour has come” and God says, “Okay, it’s time to do what You came into the world to do.”

Jesus’ request is, “glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.” Jesus knows that what happens next will be hard for Him. But He also knows that it will be useless if He does not follow through or if God is not pleased with His sacrifice. D.A. Carson said, “It will bring no glory to the Father if Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is not acceptable, or if the Son is not restored to his rightful place in the presence of the Father’s unshielded glory. That would mean the divine mission had failed, the purposes of grace forever defeated.”

This prayer for glorification is Jesus’ request that He be sustained, strengthened, enabled, and empowered to complete the task at hand. Thus, His sacrifice will be pleasing to God, and in turn will bring glory to the Father. Today, people look on Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and ascension in awe at the divine plan that began back in the Garden of Eden, took hundreds of years to culminate and is still being carried out today. Jesus’ death brought glory to God, and in His prayer, we see that this was Jesus’ desire.

A lesson that the disciples saw in this prayer, and one that we should take heed to today, is that when we face tribulation in the world, we ought to consider not how we can get ourselves out of it, but how God can get glory out of it. We must remember that God might just have a plan to use our time of tribulation for greater good down the road.

Samuel Pearce wrote:

In the floods of tribulation,
While the billows over me roll,
Jesus whispers consolation,
And supports my fainting soul.

Floods of tribulation brighten,
Billows still around me roar;
Those that know not Christ ye frighten,
But my soul defies your power.

In the sacred page recorded;
Thus the word securely stands,
Fear not, I’m in trouble near thee,
Nought shall pluck thee from my hands.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is 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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The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 278)

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TEXT: John 16:33:

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

———-

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 278.

Richard Sibbes said, “When we are foiled, let us believe we shall overcome; when we have fallen, let us believe we shall rise again. Let us never give up; but, in our thoughts, knit the beginning, progress, and end together, and then we shall see ourselves in heaven out of the reach of all enemies.”

Ask any believer, and I am sure many will honestly tell you that they would rather be in Heaven with the Lord than down here within reach of all enemies that cause trouble. Christians in the world are beset by enemies on every side who cause trouble. On one side, we have the outright attacks of the devil, a defeated, but relentless foe who constantly causes trouble. On the other side, we have the ever-present lure of the world and its promise of security and success but does nothing but causes trouble. On top of that, we have to deal with the flesh and its attraction to sin and as one preacher put it “the flesh is a mess” and does nothing but causes trouble.

Although we long for the day when spiritual warfare will not be a way of life, Jesus promises us that, in this world, we will have trouble and tribulation. However, He says we can overcome the world in Him.

It is important to understand that we do not do the overcoming apart from Christ. Jesus did not speak of the disciples being victorious over the world on their own. He did not say, “Be of good cheer for ye shall overcome the world on your own.” He spoke of His own triumph and victory. “Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” It was He who would overcome the world and the disciples who would overcome through Him.

Jesus overcame the world in His life by never succumbing to temptation. Though He was tempted in all points just as we are, He never sinned. Saying no to temptation is one way in which we overcome the world. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit and through Jesus Christ living inside of us to resist the temptations that the devil throws our way.

Jesus also overcame the world in His death and resurrection. Not only did Jesus go to the cross willingly, He went to the cross for the sake of others. He who had never sinned suffered the wages of sin that those who had sinned might not forever be bound by death.

The confidence Jesus had in His overcoming is shown by the fact that He spoke these words — “I have overcome the world” — before going to the cross. Robert Morris said, “This statement, spoken as it is in the shadow of the cross, is audacious. He goes to the cross not in fear or in gloom, but as a conqueror.” Because Jesus went before us in life, in death, and in what comes after death, we have no reason to fear being overcome by the world. We have no reason to fear anything at all. We can be of good cheer knowing that Jesus has overcome everything that we could possibly ever face. And, if we are in Him, we have overcome those things as well. That is an audacious faith. That is a cheerful faith!

James McGranahan wrote:

Rejoice in the Lord! Oh, let His mercy cheer;
He sunders the bands that enthrall;
Redeemed by His blood, why should we ever fear,
Since Jesus is our all in all?

Be strong in the Lord! rejoicing in His might,
Be loyal and true day by day;
When evils assail, be valiant for the right,
And He will be our strength and stay.

Abide in the Lord, secure in His control,
‘Tis life everlasting begun;
To pluck from His hand the weakest, trembling soul,
It never, never can be done!

Despite the tribulations of this life, every Christian can be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world and they have overcome the world in Him. You can join the ranks of those who have overcome the world by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior today. Here is how.

***1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is 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 Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 275)

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TEXT: John 16:28-32:

28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.

30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

———-

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 275.

Hudson Taylor said, “It is the consciousness of the threefold joy of the Lord: His joy in ransoming us, His joy in dwelling within us as our Saviour and Power for fruit bearing, and His joy in possessing us as His Bride and His delight. It is the consciousness of this joy which is our real strength. Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing: His joy in us knows no change.”

Jesus responds to the disciples’ sudden affirmation of faith with a question regarding their assurance. “Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?” Obviously, Jesus was pleased with their belief. He had wanted them to believe all along. In fact, He knew already that they had believed in Him. However, His next statement reveals that He also knows their faith is not mature enough yet.

Jesus says, “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone…” The disciples had just affirmed their belief that Jesus knows all things. Now, Jesus tells them something that He knows; He knows that within a few minutes, they would all scatter and leave Him alone. Dr. Warren Wiersbe states, “Jesus has promised never to leave us alone; yet His own disciples left Him alone. Peter, James, and John went into the Garden with Him, but then fell asleep.”

This reminds us that Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves. We may have faith, but that faith may not have yet grown to strength and maturity. In such cases, our daily prayer ought to be, “Lord, I believe; Help thou my unbelief.”

Was Jesus discouraged by the disciples leaving Him alone? No, He expected it and was prepared for it. However, He was not truly alone as He went to the cross. Jesus says, “Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” Jesus had confidence that the Father would always be with Him, thus He was not afraid of going to the cross. Jesus was encouraged in these dark moments, knowing that He had always been obedient to the Father and that the Father would never leave Him nor forsake Him.

Of course, there was one moment on the cross when the Father did forsake Him. When all of the sins of the world were poured on Jesus, the Father, of necessity, had to turn His back. But Jesus suffered this separation from God, this aloneness, so that we would never have to experience it ourselves.

Throughout this passage, even though Jesus was letting the disciples know that He would be physically absent from them, He was trying to impress upon them the newfound unity that they would enjoy with the Father. It is this new unity that Jesus went to the cross to secure. Even though the disciples did not understand it fully, we are the recipients of a great blessing — a relationship with God who never leaves us nor forsakes us.

Ludie Pickett wrote:

I’ve seen the lightning flashing,
And heard the thunder roll;
I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing,
Trying to conquer my soul;
I’ve heard the voice of Jesus,
Telling me still to fight on;
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

He died for me on the mountain,
For me they pierced His side,
For me He opened that fountain,
The crimson, cleansing tide;
For me He waiteth in glory,
Seated upon His throne;
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

You can take part in the joy that Jesus fulfilled in His disciples by receiving Him as your Savior today. Here is how.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is 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 Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 274)

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TEXT: John 16:28-30:

28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.

30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

———-

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 274.

Tim Keller said, “We are saved by grace alone, [and] this salvation is a constant source of amazed delight. Nothing is mundane or matter-of-fact about our lives. It is a miracle we are Christians, and the Gospel, which creates bold humility, should give us a far deeper sense of humor and joy. We don’t take ourselves seriously, and we are full of hope for the world.”

When Jesus shares, in plain speech, what has happened and what is about to transpire, the disciples suddenly believe that they now understand what He means. Jesus says, “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” Richard Trench said this statement “is the sum of the Christian Faith in four fundamental propositions, which form the whole body of Christian truth.”

The disciples were not pleased with the idea that Jesus was leaving them to go back to the Father, but they felt like they had finally grasped what Jesus was trying to tell them all along. They say, “Now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.”

Dr. Warren Wiersbe suggests that the disciples’ affirmation of understanding was a bit presumptuous, as it was shown later, after the resurrection, that they did not understand all that they claimed to understand here. But what is important here is that the disciples give an affirmation of their faith in Christ. They did not understand everything that Jesus was saying to them just yet, but they had faith in Jesus Himself. And because of their faith in Him, they would eventually understand all things.

This reminds us that our faith should not hinge on human understanding, but on our trust in God. We do not show faith because we have a firm grasp of the spiritual realities that are being presented to us, but because we have a firm hold on God. We are trusting Him despite the circumstances, despite the way things seem — even when they seem like they are not going our way.

One day, a man found a cocoon of an emperor moth and took it home so he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. One day a small opening appeared. The man sat and watched the moth for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. To the man it appeared as if the moth had gotten as far as it could in breaking out of the cocoon and was stuck.

Out of kindness, the man decided to help the moth. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon so that the moth could get out. Soon the moth emerged, but it had a swollen body and small-shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the moth, expecting that in time the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would simultaneously contract to its proper size.

Neither happened. In fact, that little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly.

The man did not understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body into the wings so that the moth would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

God knew what was going on with the moth, but the man didn’t. He didn’t understand the plan, but he should have trusted the natural process that God had put in place.

The disciples had learned to trust Jesus in their situation even though they didn’t understand the process. Why things had to be done the way Jesus said they had to be done — ‘Coming forth from the Father, coming into the world, leaving the world, and returning to the Father’ — was not understood by the disciples. But because they trusted Jesus Himself, they could be joyful no matter what the circumstances were around them.

Louisa Stead wrote:

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word;
Just to rest upon His promise;
Just to know, Thus saith the Lord.

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
Just in simple faith to plunge me,
‘Neath the healing, cleansing flood.

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life, and rest, and joy, and peace.

You can take part in the joy that Jesus fulfilled in His disciples by receiving Him as your Savior today. Here is how.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is 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 Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 273)

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TEXT: John 16:26-27:

26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

———-

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 273.

Clovis G. Chappell said, “As the saints of God meet together Jesus still manifests Himself. And seeing Him, there comes to us a new joy and peace, a new sense of the purpose and worthfulness of life. Seeing Him there comes to us a new power for battle and for conquest.”

In these two verses, Jesus extends His revelation of how His disciples and all believers will be able to communicate with the Father after His Ascension. When we think of Jesus’ activity in Heaven, we normally recall those passages in Romans 8 and Hebrews 7 which speak of Jesus interceding for us. But, as we look at Jesus’ words in this text, we find that we ourselves are given direct access to the Father in the new day of grace following Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and ascension as we are now able to pray in His name.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “The coming new day would give the disciples intimacy with the Father and clarity of understanding. The disciples would have direct personal access to the Father by the name of, that is, through Jesus. Jesus would no longer need to pray on their behalf since they could ask for themselves.” Importantly, we should remember that “this truth does not negate the promise of Christ’s intercessory work in overcoming a believer’s sin. However, the disciples were now in a personal love-and-faith relationship with the Father. Only children have this privilege of access to their Father.”

Jesus says, “For the Father himself loveth you…” He utters these words before He goes to the cross. He is telling His disciples that they can go to the Father because the Father loves them of His own will. Someone once said Jesus did not go to the cross to make God loving; He went to the cross to show us that God is loving. God the Father did not make Himself the enemy of man. It was man who made Himself the enemy of God, building up the wall of sin between himself and God who is holy.

Our sinfulness necessitated the coming of a mediator who could stand between us and God. That is why Jesus says the disciples could approach God “because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” While it is good to know that the Father loves us even in our sinful state, it is futile to approach God in prayer or otherwise without being in love with Jesus and believing that He is, in fact, God and that He came from God.

We do not have to convince God to listen to or answer our prayers. He wants to hear from us and answer us. We are His children, and, He is more eager to answer than we are to ask. Just the knowledge of how God sees us is enough to bring joy to our hearts in any situation. John Newton said:

I asked the Lord, that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek more earnestly His face.

T’was He who taught me thus to pray
and He I trust has answered prayer,
but it has been in such a way
it almost drove me to despair.

I hoped that in some favored hour
At once He’d answer my request,
and by His love’s constraining power
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

You can take part in the joy that Jesus fulfilled in His disciples by receiving Him as your Savior today. Here is how.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is 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 Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 272)

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TEXT: John 16:22-25:

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

———-

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 272.

Woodrow Kroll said, “We rejoice in spite of our grief, not in place of it.”

Today, we are presented with another great truth that Jesus reveals to His disciples regarding their sorrow being turned to joy through prayer. He says, “These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.”

Before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus spoke of many things that the disciples did not understand. Some of these things Jesus patiently explained to them. However, there were other things that the disciples would not fully grasp until after the resurrection. One commentator stated, “Jesus would like to speak with complete openness [even now at the Last Supper], but this is impossible before the events take place. Their nature is such that this cannot be done. An attempt to do so nonetheless would fail of understanding on the part of the disciples. The events must first take place. They will bring their own light.”

After the Resurrection takes place, there is a new openness of communication between Jesus and His disciples. This openness is expanded after Jesus ascends to Heaven and the Holy Spirit of God descends to the new believers. This is when Jesus fulfills His promise to “no more speak unto you in proverbs, but shew you plainly of the Father.”

God is not a hidden mystery to us as He was to the Children of Israel. The long-standing veil in the Temple represented this division between God and man. Now that Jesus has paid our sin debt and broken down the wall of enmity that existed between us, we no longer have to hear of God’s nature in parables. But, the Holy Spirit plainly shows us the things of God.

One of the ways in which this plain-spokenness is evident in the life of the believer is through prayer. We can respectfully address God directly in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. Before the crucifixion and resurrection this was not possible. But now we can do this knowing that God looks on us as His children.

Our communication with Him is not one of fear (although we must maintain a healthy respect for God); it is one of joy and confidence. We do not come trembling before God, but we come “boldly unto the throne of grace” knowing that we can stand righteously before God because of the blood of Jesus Christ. That is made plain in Scripture and made plain in our hearts through the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

While we do not understand everything about God’s ways, we can find joy in this one thing: God loves us and sent Jesus to die for us. And, because of His death, burial, and resurrection, we can have an open relationship with the Father — one in which we can pray to Him knowing that He will hear our prayers and answer us.

Michael Perry wrote:

May the Lord God hear you pray;
may God’s strength be yours today;
may God bless you from above,
lifting up your heart in love.

May God give you all you need;
may God make your plans succeed;
may God guide you all your days,
filling all our hearts with praise.

Now we see the Lord can save,
now the trembling heart is brave;
now we know that Love will hear:
worship now, for God is near!

You can take part in the joy that Jesus fulfilled in His disciples by receiving Him as your Savior today. Here is how.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is 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 Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 270)

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TEXT: John 16:22-24:

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

———-

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 270.

C.S. Lewis said, “Joy is the serious business of Heaven.”

As you recall, this part of Jesus’ discourse regarding joy began because the disciples didn’t understand what Jesus meant when He said He would leave them in “a little while”, and then “a little while” later, He would come back to them. They wanted to ask Jesus what He meant, but, instead, they had begun questioning this statement among themselves. Jesus has told them that they will be sorrowful because of His separation from them as He goes to be crucified. However, three days later, after the resurrection, their sorrow will be turned into joy. Now, He tells them that in that day of joy, they will ask him nothing. Why? Because they would understand what He meant when they saw Him again.

After the resurrection, Jesus spent forty days with the disciples, teaching them and training them to carry on His ministry after He left them for the second time. Although He promised to return, no one knew how long He would be gone this time around. But, now, the disciples had no doubt about Jesus’ words. They believed that He would come back as He had said. Thus, they were able to maintain their joy.

In the meantime, however, they still needed to be able to communicate with their Savior. Jesus told them that they could do that through prayer. He said, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing.” Here, Jesus is referring to Himself as the Son. The Bible Exposition Commentary states that the “day” He is talking about is the day of Pentecost and the Church Age which began at that time. With Jesus’ ascension, the disciples would no longer be able to make requests directly of Jesus as they had grown used to doing.

Instead, Jesus directs them to make requests of the Father. He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.” E.A. Blum said, “The forthcoming events — the crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and Pentecost — brought about changed relations. The [disciples] would be Jesus’ ambassadors and therefore had the right to ask the Father for whatever they needed to accomplish His will.”

Christians today are also ambassadors for Jesus Christ. Now that He has ascended to the Father, we stand before God, able to enter His presence in prayer, because of what Jesus did for us. Ephesians 2:6 says that God “hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” When Jesus Christ ascended to the Father, spiritually speaking, we ascended with Him. We are in Him even now. That is the only way we can take our requests directly to God in prayer.

By giving us this great privilege of prayer to God the Father, Jesus introduces us to one of the ways in which we can maintain our joy. Prayer to God. As Joseph Scriven wrote:

What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

You can take part in the joy that Jesus fulfilled in His disciples by receiving Him as your Savior today. Here is how.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is 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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