The Grace and Power of Jesus During the Most Unjust Execution in History, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 322)

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TEXT: John 19:38-42:

38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.

42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

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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 322.

John Walvoord said, “The burial of Jesus is part of the gospel. Its significance lies in the fact that it was the completion of Jesus’ suffering and humiliation. It also pointed up the reality of His death and set the stage for His coming bodily resurrection.”

The record of Jesus’ burial, though given briefly, is just as compelling, interesting, and multi-layered as His crucifixion and death. John, who was an eyewitness to these events, introduces us to a new character — Joseph of A-rim-a-thea. Arimathea was a city north of Jerusalem. Joseph was a member of the Sanhedrin — the Jewish religious council which had condemned Jesus to be crucified. He was a wealthy man who, it is believed, made his riches from trading metal. He was also a secret believer in Jesus Christ.

After the Roman soldiers had confirmed that Jesus was dead, Joseph went to Pilate and asked for permission to take the body of Jesus. The Romans were eager to get rid of the bodies of those they crucified, and if no one came forward to claim them, the bodies were left, exposed to the elements and to predatory birds and beasts. Pilate granted Joseph’s request for Jesus’ body. This is the last mention of Pilate in the Bible. No doubt, the events of this day stayed with him for the rest of his life. The Jewish historian Josephus wrote that, after a violent conflict with the Samaritans, Pilate was recalled to Rome to give an account of his rule. He defended himself before the new Emperor Caligula, but Caligula dealt with him harshly and exiled him from the Empire. When a man was exiled, his family faced disgrace and loss of wealth. It was considered honorable for the guilty party to kill himself in order to prevent the family name from being shamed. And tradition has it that is what Pilate did. Two mountains in Europe are named for Pilate — one in France and one in Switzerland. It is believed that he fell to his death from one of them.

Contrast Pilate’s death with the death of our Lord. Pilate died in shame and disgrace, his body left rotting on the side of a mountain. Jesus, however, would have the burial of a rich man. After Joseph of A-rim-a-thea got permission from Pilate to take Jesus’ body, he got help from Nicodemus, another secret believer — the one who came to Jesus by night back in John chapter 3. Together, they “brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices.”

Both Joseph and Nicodemus were members of the religious establishment that had condemned Jesus to die. From a human perspective, they had remained secret believers in order to avoid conflict with their fellow Sanhedrin-members. During Jesus’ trial, one wonders why they did not speak up if they believed Jesus to be innocent. Dr. Warren Wiersbe provides an explanation: “After Nicodemus first visited Jesus, he searched the Scriptures and asked God for guidance concerning these important spiritual matters. It is likely that Joseph quietly joined him and revealed the fact that he too was more and more convinced that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed Israel’s Messiah, the Son of God. As Nicodemus and Joseph searched the Old Testament, they would find the messianic prophecies and discover that many of them had been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Certainly, they would see Him as the ‘Lamb of God’ and conclude that He would be sacrificed at Passover. Jesus had already told Nicodemus that He would be ‘lifted up’, and this meant crucifixion. Since the Passover lambs were slain about 3 p.m., the two men could know almost the exact time when God’s Lamb would die on the cross.”

What he is saying is that Joseph and Nicodemus — having studied the Scriptures — would have realized that God’s plan was, in fact, for Jesus to die. When they saw the pieces falling into place for this to happen right before the Passover, they remained silent. In the meantime, they began preparing to take charge of Jesus’ body. This would explain why Joseph’s tomb was “new”, why the two men had the traditional (and very expensive) burial spices on hand, and why the tomb was so close to the place of crucifixion. It is likely that these two men were not just accidental participants, rather, they were positioned by God to take care of His Son’s body after the crucifixion because by the grace of God, at this point, these men were convinced to believe that Jesus was the Messiah – the lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.

Joseph and Nicodemus could have been like the other Jewish religious leaders — cold-hearted, hateful, and envious — letting their desire for control lead them to reject the Messiah. Instead, they were open to God working in their lives. Through the revelation of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Scriptures, Joseph and Nicodemus came to believe that Jesus was who He said He was — and they provided a prophecy-fulfilling burial for our Lord and Savior.

James George Deck wrote:

Around Thy grave, Lord Jesus,
In spirit here we stand,
With hearts all full of praises,
To keep Thy blest command:
Our souls by faith rejoicing,
To trace Thy path of love,
Down through death’s angry billows,
Up to the throne above.

Lord Jesus! we remember
The travail of Thy soul,
When through Thy love’s deep pity,
The waves did over Thee roll;
Baptized in death’s dark waters,
For us Thy blood was shed;
For us Thou, Lord of Glory,
Were numbered with the dead.

Jesus was numbered with the dead temporarily so that you would not have to be numbered with the dead forever. His death on the cross and His resurrection provides salvation from sin and a home in Heaven for all those who believe in Him like Joseph and Nicodemus did. Here is how you can be free from sin and the punishment of sin 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 Grace and Power of Jesus During the Most Unjust Execution in History, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 319)

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TEXT: John 19:31-37

31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

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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 319.

C.S. Lewis said, “We are told that Christ was killed for us, that His death has washed out our sins, and that by dying He disabled death itself. That is the formula. That is Christianity. That is what has to be believed.”

When someone was crucified, the Romans normally left the body hanging on the cross for a few days as a grim warning to anyone who dared to oppose the government. However, since Jesus was crucified on the day before the Sabbath — which happened to coincide with the Passover celebration — the Jews requested that His body and the bodies of the two thieves be taken down from the cross. Jesus “gave up the ghost” in the ninth hour — about three o’clock in the afternoon — and the Sabbath began at sundown. According to Jewish law, bodies could not be left hanging on the Sabbath in order to avoid the pollution of the land. (Again, we see the religious establishment being so concerned about the minutiae of the law while not blinking an eye at the atrocity of slander, false accusation, and murder that they had just committed.)

Pilate granted the Jews’ request that the crucified be taken down from the crosses — but only after they were certain the criminals were dead. The way the Romans did this was by taking an iron bar or a heavy mallet and breaking the bones in the legs of those who had been crucified. This prevented them from being able to lift their body weight and continue breathing, hastening their deaths. The legs of the two thieves were broken, but when the soldiers came to Jesus, they found that He was already dead. Instead of breaking Jesus’ legs — which was disobedience to a direct command — one of the soldiers took a spear and thrust it into Jesus’ side. By not breaking Jesus’ bones and by piercing His body with a spear the pagan soldiers unwittingly fulfilled two Old Testament prophecies regarding the death of the Messiah. None of Jesus’ bones were broken just as God had commanded that the bones of the lambs slain for the Passover not be broken either.

When the soldier pierced Jesus’ side, ‘blood and water came out forthwith.’ Medically speaking, it is believed that the spear pierced Jesus’ heart, bursting the sac of fluid surrounding the organ. The contents — red blood and a pale-colored liquid called serum — gushed out. Since, after death, the two do not mix, they came out separately — blood and water. Dr. Warren Wiersbe states, “John saw a special significance in the blood and water that came from the wound in the side. For one thing, it proved that Jesus had a real body and experienced a real death. By the time John wrote this book, there were false teachers in the church claiming that Jesus did not have a truly human body. There may also be a symbolic meaning: the blood speaks of our justification, the water of our sanctification and cleansing. The blood takes care of the guilt of sin; the water deals with the stain of sin.”

Blood and water both hold significant places in redemptive theology. Since the beginning of history, the God-determined payment for sin was the shedding of blood. That is why He commanded people to sacrifice animals in order to make payment for their sins. The animal’s blood was shed in place of the person’s. The Bible says, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.” The word remission means “the cancellation of a debt or penalty, the forgiveness of sins.” Because Jesus shed His blood, our sin debt can be canceled, the penalty that we owe has been paid, and we can be forgiven by God.

Water is spoken of in Scripture as a washing, cleansing, and purifying agent. When God wanted to cleanse the earth of sinful men, He sent a flood. Those who are saved are baptized in water which symbolizes the cleansing of that person — all of their sins are washed away and they become new people in Christ — free from sin and fit to stand before God. Jesus Christ called Himself the Living Water and said that all those who believe in Him would have this living water imparted to them. Spiritually speaking, living water is a continually flowing substance that keeps us filled with the Spirit of God and the life of Christ. Jesus said that anyone who drinks from the living water will never thirst again.

Blood and water — two necessary ingredients for the redemption of souls. The fountain of blood. The river of living water. From whence do they begin to flow? They begin to flow at the cross.

Augustus M. Toplady wrote:

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s demands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

The Savior stands ready to wash you today — to absolve your sins in His blood and to set the living water flowing in your life. Place your faith and trust in Him if you want to be free from sin and the punishment of sin forever. Here is how you can do that 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 Grace and Power of Jesus During the Most Unjust Execution in History, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 318)

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TEXT: John 19:28-30:

28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

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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 315.

John Piper said, “Christ is our attorney and His portfolio is His propitiation. He stands before His Father in heaven, and every time we sin, He doesn’t make a new propitiation. He doesn’t die again and again. Instead, He opens his portfolio and lays the exhibits of Good Friday on the bench before the Judge. Photographs of the crown of thorns, the lashing, the mocking soldiers, the agonies of the cross, and the final cry of victory: It is finished.”

We return to the scene of the crucifixion, where scholars believe Jesus had hung on the cross for about three hours by the time we get to verse 28. The Romans had devised the crucifixion method in order to prolong the suffering of the victim. During this time, God allowed the sin of the world to be rolled on Jesus’ shoulders. Every lie, every murder, every act of adultery, every thought of hatred, every moment of lust, every covetous intention — all the sin that we can think of and more was placed on Jesus. “He was made sin for us.”

Throughout the ordeal, Jesus was fully aware of what was happening. Apparently, there was a moment when the transfer of sin was complete. John describes Jesus as “knowing that all things were now accomplished.” Everything that Jesus had come to do up until that point was completed. He had shown mankind how to live a perfect life in communion with God. He had maintained His innocence in the face of false accusations, lies, slander, and the most rigged trial in history. He had fulfilled all of the prophecies that had been spoken of Him in the Old Testament. And, now, He hung on the cross undergoing the most unjust execution in history.

Once again, in order to fulfill prophecy, Jesus spoke, saying, “I thirst.” David spoke of this moment in Psalm 69. A soldier filled a sponge with vinegar, put it on a hyssop stalk and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. “When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” What was finished when Jesus spoke? The great transaction in which Jesus took upon Himself all the sins of all the people who ever lived — past, present, and future — and God poured out the wrath that all those people deserved on Jesus.

“It is finished.” Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck said, “The sixth word or saying that Jesus spoke from the cross was the single Greek word, ‘te-te-les-tai.’ Papyrus receipts for taxes have been recovered with the word ‘te-te-les-tai’ written across them, meaning ‘paid in full.’ This word on Jesus’ lips was significant. When He said, ‘It is finished’ (not ‘I am finished’), He meant His redemptive work was completed. He had been made sin for people and had suffered the penalty of God’s justice which sin deserved.”

We often speak of Jesus as being punished for our sins or being killed by the Romans and the Jews, or being sacrificed by God for sin. But it is more accurate to speak of Jesus as the active agent in all these events. Jesus took our punishment upon Himself. Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross. No one took Jesus’ life from Him; He gave it up of His own free will. That is why John writes, “He gave up the ghost.” He, of His own will, let go of life because He knew He had to die in our place. Because He wanted to die in our place. Even on the cross, He was not the victim, but the victor.

Anne Steele wrote:

Stretched on the cross, the Savior dies,
Hear His expiring groans arise;
See, how the sacred crimson tide
Flows from His hands, His feet, His side.

Can I survey this scene of woe,
Where mingling grief and wonder flow,
And yet my heart unmoved remain,
Insensible to love or pain?

Come, dearest Lord, Thy grace impart,
To warm this cold, this sinful heart,
Till all its powers and passions move,
In melting grief, and ardent love.

On the cross, Jesus took your sin upon Himself. He died a death that you deserve to die and paid the debt that you owe to God. He paid it in full. But you must place your faith and trust in Him if you want to take advantage of that great gift and be free from sin and the punishment of sin forever. Here is how you can do that 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 Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 17 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 315)

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TEXT: John 19:25-27:

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

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Today, I am continuing the 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 314.

Richard Halverson said, “Jesus Christ is God’s everything for man’s total need.”

In these few verses, we have one of the most touching scenes in all of the New Testament. Jesus is hanging on the cross, but He looks down and sees His mother Mary standing there. He knows that she is in great pain seeing Him, her child, suffer. Perhaps, you have had the feeling of seeing someone suffer and saying to yourself that you wish you could take on their pain so they would not have to feel it. I think in this moment, Jesus wanted to take away His mother’s pain and that Mary wished she could deliver her Son from His pain. To get an idea of how painful this was for Mary, we are reminded of the words of Simeon. After Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary took Him to the Temple. There, Simeon told Mary, ‘A sword will pierce through your own heart also’ because of this child. That sword-piercing is what Mary was feeling as she watched Jesus suffer.

While Mary was unable to do anything about Jesus’ pain, Jesus, even in the state that He was in, took it upon Himself to ease Mary’s distress. “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” Jesus committed the care of His mother to His beloved disciple, John. Even as He was in excruciating pain on the cross, He was still looking out for others. If anyone ever had the right to be self-focused, it was Jesus at this time. Instead, He was concerned about others.

Jesus’ care for Mary shows us how God cares for each and every one of us. It is a powerful image of the redemptive work that Jesus did for us. When we see Jesus looking down on His mother who is experiencing heartache and pain, we are reminded of how God looked down on us as we were experiencing the heartache and pain that resulted from sin.

But God didn’t just look down on us. He made provision for us. Just as Jesus made provision for the well-being of His mother Mary, God made provision for our well-being by sending Jesus Christ. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, took on the role of protector and provider for Jesus’ mother. And Jesus came to take on the role of protector and provider in our lives if we will let Him. He is the Good Shepherd who not only guards and guides the sheep, but who lays down His life for the sheep.

The Bible tells us that, from the hour of Jesus’ command on the cross, John took Mary unto his own home. Mary became a part of John’s family. Some scholars believe that Salome, another of the women at the cross, was actually Mary’s sister and the mother of James and John. So, Mary would have been John’s aunt. They were family. When you allow Jesus to take over your life as the Great Shepherd, He, too, takes you into His own home. He takes you into His family. You are no longer left out in the cold in the world. You are one of God’s beloved children. That is why Jesus died on the cross: so that you could become one of His own.

Richard W. Adams wrote:

The call goes out from highest Heaven,
From that great Voice whose vast decree
Calls out of nothing all creation,
And brings to birth eternity.

Go down, My Son, go down from Heaven,
Bring My beloved home to Me.
Go find her, lost, abandoned, ruined,
Storm-tossed in sin’s relentless sea.

Now speaks the Prince of highest Heaven,
Whose light no seraph can endure—
Who owns the glories of the Godhead
By right and title all-secure.

Yes, I will go, go down from Heaven,
To find our lost, our wandering bride,
I’ll bring her home, whatever it cost Me—
I’ll bring her home, though I must die.

On the cross, Jesus paid the price to bring you home to Himself. But you must make the choice to run into His open arms and let Him save you and shepherd you. 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.

The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 16 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 313)

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TEXT: John 19:23-30:

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

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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 313.

Matthew Henry said, “Come, and see the victories of the cross. Christ’s wounds are thy healings, His agonies thy repose, His conflicts thy conquests, His groans thy songs, His pains thine ease, His shame thy glory, His death thy life, His sufferings thy salvation.”

When a criminal was crucified, it was customary for the Roman soldiers assigned to the crucifixion to divide amongst themselves the convict’s personal belongings. We see this happening to Jesus in this passage. Normally, those who were crucified were crucified completely naked. However, the Jews often objected to this, requiring that the condemned at least be allowed to wear a loincloth. It is not known whether they demanded this in Jesus’ case or whether such a demand was honored. The soldiers’ decision to cast lots for Jesus’ robe was a fulfillment of Psalm 22:18 where David, speaking prophetically of the Messiah, stated, “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” The precise fulfillment of prophecies that were hundreds of years old demonstrates to us, again, that God was in control of everything that went on that day.

One thing that we notice about this passage is the poverty of Jesus. The only belongings Jesus had were the clothes on His back. The soldiers divided Jesus’ undergarments and tunic, but when it came to his outer robe or coat, they decided to cast lots for it since it was well-made and cut from one cloth.

John does not elaborate on the significance of Jesus’ clothing being taken from Him. However, after Adam and Eve sinned, they became aware that they were naked, and they were ashamed of their nakedness. God killed an animal in order to use its skin to provide proper clothing for His creation. Now, we see Jesus, hung up before the world, His clothes stripped from Him. The Lamb of God, shamefully killed so that His sacrifice could provide the robes of righteousness for us. John Piper describes Jesus’ shame thusly: “Shame was stripping away every earthly support that Jesus had: his friends gave way in shaming abandonment; his reputation gave way in shaming mockery; his decency gave way in shaming nakedness; his comfort gave way in shaming torture. His glorious dignity gave way to the utterly undignified, degrading reflexes of grunting and groaning and screeching.” But Jesus suffered shame on that cross so that we would not have to suffer shame for all eternity.

Everything Jesus had was taken away from Him. He was stripped down to nothing; He came down to the lowest level possible. People talk about hitting rock bottom; Jesus has been there. People talk about being at the end of their rope; Jesus has been there. People talk about being left with nothing after going through a tragic situation; Jesus has been there. No matter how low you have gone, Jesus has been there. And He went there so that we would not have to stay there. Second Corinthians 8:9 says, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

Jesus’ death materially enriched the Roman soldiers. They gambled at the foot of the cross, seeking gain for themselves while the Lord of glory died. But they, like so many today, sought the wrong gain. The gain they had made in this life would turn to shame when it was their time to meet their Creator. The gain we must seek from the cross are the robes of righteousness that only Christ can give through His death, burial, and resurrection.

Isaac Watts wrote:

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

On the cross, Jesus took the shame that you and I rightly deserve so that you would not have to endure it. 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.

The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 15 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 312)

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TEXT: John 19:19-22:

19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.

20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

———-

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 312.

Robert Anderson said, “Men point to the sad incidents of human life on earth, and they ask, ‘Where is the love of God?’ God points to that Cross as the unreserved manifestation of love so inconceivably infinite as to answer every challenge and silence all doubt for ever. And that Cross is not merely the public proof of what God has accomplished; it is the fulfillment of all that He has promised.”

When a criminal was crucified, the Roman requirement was to have a placard with the criminal’s crimes written on it attached to the cross. Of course, Jesus had committed no crimes, and Pilate knew that. So, he commanded that Jesus’ inscription be written as: “Jesus of Nazareth. King of the Jews.” Pilate did this to goad the Jewish religious leaders. This was his way of getting the last word. The Jews came to him complaining about the title, saying, “Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” This was Pilate’s last act of resistance against the Jewish religious authorities.

The writing on Jesus’ cross was read by many people who passed by. The city was packed with visitors from all over the region who had come for the Passover. And the long procession combined with Jesus’ popularity — not to mention human nature — would have drawn multitudes to watch the grim scene.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “The fact that this title was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin is significant. For one thing, it shows that our Lord was crucified in a place where many peoples and nations met, a cosmopolitan place. Hebrew is the language of religion, Greek of philosophy, and Latin of law; and all three combined to crucify the Son of God. But what He did on the cross, He did for the whole world! In this Gospel, John emphasizes the world-wide dimensions of the work of Christ. Without realizing it, Pilate wrote a ‘Gospel tract’ when he prepared this title; for one of the thieves discovered that Jesus was King, and he asked entrance into His kingdom.”

The proclamation of Jesus as king was a fitting end to the dispute between Pilate and the Jews. While neither acknowledged or treated Him as king, they each were judged by His presence. Their guilt stood in contrast to His innocence. Their lies stood in contrast to the truth. Their hesitance and maneuvering stood in contrast to His sure claims. Their rejection of Him would come back to haunt them.

But we all will one day be judged by Christ. His perfection will stand in contrast to our sinfulness. His payment of the sin debt will stand in contrast to our utter inability to pay what we owe. We need a Savior. And Jesus is the one whom God has sent. The Jews, Pilate, the Romans all needed a Savior. And Jesus is the one God sent to them as well. They failed the test of recognizing Him and embracing Him for who He is. But we have nearly 2,000 years of hindsight in addition to the Word of God. We know who Jesus is and that He accomplished what He came to accomplish — salvation for all men.

Richard Jukes wrote:

Behold His arms extended wide
Behold His bleeding hands and side
The sun withholds his rays of light,
The heavens are clothed in shades of night,
While Jesus does with devils fight
On the cross.

Come, sinners, see Him lifted up
He drinks for you the bitter cup
The rocks do rend, the mountains quake,
While Jesus doth atonement make,
While Jesus suffers for our sake
On the cross.

Wherever I go I’ll tell the story
In nothing else my soul shall glory
Yes, this my constant theme shall be
Through time and all eternity,
That Jesus tasted death for me
On the cross.

Jesus Christ died on the Cross so that you and I could one day be with Him in Paradise. But we must do as the penitent thief did and cast all our faith and trust in Him because He is the only One who can save us from sin and eternal punishment in Hell. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

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

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 Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 14 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 311)


TEXT: John 19:17-18:

17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.

20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

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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 311.

Charles Swindoll said, “He who resided in Heaven, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, willingly descended into our world. He breathed our air, felt our pain, knew our sorrows, and died for our sins. He didn’t come to frighten us, but to save us and show us the way to warmth and safety.”

After the Jews convinced Pilate to rule that Jesus would be crucified, Jesus bore his cross in a procession from the Judgment Hall to a hill outside the city called Golgotha. A few days earlier, He had come into the city triumphantly, thronged and cheered by those who had been expecting Him. Now, He marched alone and condemned. Those who still supported Him would have been too afraid to go against Rome by expressing their support. Jesus died in the worst way that man had yet devised — crucified between two thieves. While it may seem like a most degrading outcome for the Lord Christ, we find that Jesus was exactly where He and the Father meant Him to be.

We saw in our last message that Jesus’ central position on the cross — between two sinners — was a picture of how Jesus’ sacrifice was being done for human beings.

Today we see Jesus’ position on the cross — raised from the Earth, hung beneath the sky — symbolized His role as the mediator between God and man. Ages ago, sinful men had built a tower to scrape the underside of Heaven. But they were unworthy to unlock Heaven’s gates and enter in. On Golgotha, Jesus Himself became the tower, the ladder, the door, the key… the Way to God and to Heaven. He was God’s message, hanging above the earth: ‘This is what it takes to restore the relationship between God and man. This is what it takes for man to get from where he is to where God is.’

Finally, Jesus’ position in the center between two sinners shows us how He is the way from eternal death to eternal life. On one hand, there was a thief who joined the mocking crowd in casting insults at Jesus. On the other hand, the other thief recognized Jesus’ innocence, and said, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” He, a desperate and dying man with no other option, cast all his faith on Jesus. Jesus told Him, “Today, thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” Alfred Plummer said, “The whole of humanity was represented in this scene: the sinless Saviour, the saved penitent, and the condemned impenitent.” Jesus is the one who bridges the gap between death and life, damnation and salvation. Today, you might exist on the side of death and damnation. If you want to get to life and salvation, then you must go through Jesus Christ.

George Smith wrote:

Behold Him now on yonder tree,
The Prince of Peace, the heavenly King;
O what can His transgression be
Such shameful punishment to bring?

And lo, a thief hangs on each side;
Who justly suffers for his crime.
But why should Christ be crucified,
The One so holy, so divine?

It was for me, yes, even me,
That Jesus died on Calvary;
My soul to cleanse from all its guilt,
His precious blood my Savior spilt.

Jesus Christ died so that you and I could one day be with Him in Paradise. But we must do as the penitent thief did and cast all our faith and trust in Him because He is the only One who can save us from sin and eternal punishment in Hell. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

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

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.

How To Walk, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #275)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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


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

TEXT: Ephesians 4:32:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

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John Calvin said, “No task will be so base, provided you obey your calling in it, that it will not shine and be reckoned very precious in God’s sight.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we can live without revival, then we’re not where God wants us to be.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “As Christians became aware of what was happening on college campuses, their reactions were mixed. Many pious church members who lacked formal education were intimidated by those with formal degrees, so they did nothing. Others only prayed earnestly for those sons who had been sent off to the colleges to prepare for ministry. Few could have anticipated God’s solution to meet the challenge of the hour: God prepared an erudite mind that burned with passion to bring revival to the colleges.”

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Today we continue looking at the command for the new man in Christ: “be ye kind one to another.” Kindness is demonstrated in many ways, some of which we looked at in our last message.

One of the descriptions of a kind nature is mildness. A person who is mild has a calm spirit. Meekness is another word that describes this type of person. A mild person is not quick-tempered, but patient and long-suffering. They are not easily provoked, not ready with a sharp retort at a moment’s notice. They value peace and harmony and seek to foster that in others by their own behavior. Jesus Christ has been described as meek and mild, and we should emulate Him.

Then, a kind person is pleasant; they are good-natured and cheerful. They are people whom others like to be around. They are also happy about the help that they offer. Their acts of kindness are accompanied by a smile and a Christ-like attitude.

Finally, a kind person is also benevolent. A benevolent person is one who has a giving spirit. Jesus told His disciples that it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” A benevolent person is compassionate, caring, and big-hearted. All of us, no matter what walk of life we come from, can be people who give. Jesus said, “the poor ye will always have with you.”

Lehman Strauss said, “Kindness should characterize believers in their relationships with one another. Kindness is that gentle, gracious, easy-to-be-entreated manner that permits others to be at ease in our presence. The word ‘kind’ comes from such words as ‘kin’ and ‘kindred,’ so that to deal kindly with others is to deal with them as our own kin. And after all, believers are brethren. Kindness expresses a warm sympathy and love for all men, both the righteous and evil doers.”

Christians are especially commanded to show kindness to the unsaved. In Luke 6, Jesus said, “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them… And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”

There are many ways that we can express kindness in the world. As Christians, we ought to be known as people of kindness.

The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 13 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 310)

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TEXT: John 19:17-18:

17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

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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 310.

Don Whitney said, “Everyone is born a slave of sin. We cannot free ourselves from this oppressive master, for no one can live without sinning against God. But the sinless Jesus — not for His own sake, but for others — came from Heaven to deliver His people. Jesus allowed godless men to nail Him to a Roman cross, and three days later rose from the dead so that ‘we should no longer be slaves of sin.’ And all those who trust in His work (and not their own) as the way to freedom will find emancipation from sin.”

After Pilate handed Jesus over to the soldiers to be crucified, Jesus was made to bear His cross in a public procession to the outside of Jerusalem. For many of the people in the city — especially those who were just visiting for the Passover, many of whom would have been supporters of Jesus — this was the first they would have heard of Jesus’ arrest and trial. Except for the jeers of those who supported the religious establishment, multitudes would have gathered to watch, silently and sadly.

Crucifixion was a form of punishment invented by the Persians, but perfected and widely used by the Romans. It was the most excruciatingly painful way of execution that they could come up with — one normally reserved for rebels against Rome and the worst criminals. It was considered the ultimate disgrace to be killed by crucifixion. The Roman statesman Cicero called it “an act so abominable it is impossible to find any word adequately to express.” The historian Tacitus called crucifixion “a torture fit only for slaves.” Thusly, Jesus was crucified between two thieves.

Jesus’ central position on the cross is important for several reasons.

First, Jesus’ place between two thieves spoke of how Jesus was dying for humanity. He was arrested by humans, put on trial by humans, accused by humans, scourged by humans, beaten, mocked, and spit on by humans, sentenced to death by humans, nailed to a cross by humans, ultimately killed by humans. Jesus died with two humans. Some believe that Barabbas was scheduled to die that day and that Jesus had taken his place on the cross. But all throughout the ordeal, the hands we see driving the action forward are not supernatural hands, but human ones. The Father made sure the message was clear for the world. Jesus did this for humans.

Then, Jesus’ position on the cross — raised from the Earth, hung beneath the sky — symbolized His role as the mediator between God and man. Ages ago, sinful men had built a tower to scrape the underside of Heaven. But they were unworthy to unlock Heaven’s gates and enter in. On Golgotha, Jesus Himself became the tower, the ladder, the door, the key… the Way to God and to Heaven. He was God’s message, hanging above the earth: ‘This is what it takes to restore the relationship between God and man. This is what it takes for man to get from where he is to where God is.’

Finally, Jesus’ position in the center between two sinners shows us how He is the way from eternal death to eternal life. One on hand, there was a thief who joined the mocking crowd in casting insults at Jesus. On the other hand, the other thief recognized Jesus’ innocence, and said, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” He, a desperate and dying man with no other option, cast all his faith on Jesus. Jesus told Him, “Today, thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” Alfred Plummer said, “The whole of humanity was represented in this scene: the sinless Saviour, the saved penitent, and the condemned impenitent.” Jesus is the one who bridges the gap between death and life, damnation and salvation. Today, you might exist on the side of death and damnation. If you want to get to life and salvation, then you must go through Jesus Christ.

George Smith wrote:

Behold Him now on yonder tree,
The Prince of Peace, the heavenly King;
O what can His transgression be
Such shameful punishment to bring?

And lo, a thief hangs on each side;
Who justly suffers for his crime.
But why should Christ be crucified,
The One so holy, so divine?

It was for me, yes, even me,
That Jesus died on Calvary;
My soul to cleanse from all its guilt,
His precious blood my Savior spilt.

Jesus Christ died so that you and I could one day be with Him in Paradise. But we must do as the penitent thief did and cast all our faith and trust in Him because He is the only One who can save us from sin and eternal punishment in Hell. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

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

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 Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 309)

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TEXT: John 19:12-16:

12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.

14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.

 

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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 309.

J.C. Ryle said, “Let us serve Jesus faithfully as our Master. Let us obey Him loyally as our King. Let us study His teachings as our Prophet. Let us work diligently after Him as our Example. Let us look anxiously for Him as our coming redeemer of body as well as soul. But above all let us prize Him as our Sacrifice, and rest our whole weight on His death as atonement for sin. Let His blood be more precious in our eyes every year we live. Whatever else we glory in about Christ, let us glory above all things in His cross.”

John tells us that the events of these few verses happened about the sixth hour. He was using the Roman way of telling time so that would have been around six am. Dawn is breaking over Jerusalem, and the sun sheds new light over the grotesque mockery of a trial that has been taking place under the cover of darkness. With the light, the ugly deeds of the night are seen in their full shame. The Jews have been twisting Pilate’s arm, but he has not yielded. Now with the daylight, he tries one last desperate attempt to free Jesus. He brings the trial outdoors, setting up in a place called “the Pavement.” He sits in his judgment seat, brings Jesus out before the Jews, and says again, “Behold your King!”

The Jews’ rejoinder is, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him.” Pilate asks, “Shall I crucify your King?” And the chief priests answer, “We have no king but Caesar.” The strong irony of this exchange is nearly mind-blowing. Neither Pilate nor the Jews considered Jesus to be a real king. Jesus had not even claimed to be the king of the Jews. Both the Jews and Pilate were in a false debate over very real premises because Jesus, as the living, male descendant of David, was, in fact, the King of the Jews — the rightful heir to David’s throne. Pilate repeatedly used the term “king of the Jews” sarcastically just to needle the religious leaders who despised the idea that Jesus had pre-eminence over them. But neither side knew or acknowledged the truth.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe notes, “The crowd had the last word: ‘We have no king but Caesar! We will not have this man to reign over us!’ Well-meaning preachers have often said that the crowd that on Palm Sunday shouted ‘Hosannah!’ turned right around and shouted ‘Crucify Him!’ on Good Friday. However, it was two different crowds. The Palm Sunday crowd came primarily from Galilee where Jesus was very popular. The crowd at Pilate’s hall was from Judea and Jerusalem where the religious leaders were very much in control. If the Galilean disciples had had their way, they would have revolted and delivered Jesus!” (At one point, Jesus had prevented them from making Him King by force.)

Pilate was trying to exert the authority of his little kingship in Judea, knowing that He would have to answer to Rome if things went awry. The Jews falsely claimed Caesar as their king just to push for Jesus’ execution. They influenced the people to do the same. Both sides rejected the only real King who was on the scene. Jesus went down as a criminal as Pilate “delivered him unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.”

The King of the Jews, the King of Kings was led away to be crucified and killed by those who should have been His subjects . That made Him no less a King, for He died that others might live — even Pilate, even the Jews, even the soldiers who drove the nails into His flesh. Even though He was beaten, bloodied, and humiliated before the world, the Bible promises that, one day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. But only those who choose Him now will enjoy His blessings both now and for eternity.

The philosopher Bonaventura wrote:

In the Lord’s atoning grief
Be our rest and sweet relief;
Store we deep in heart’s recess
All the shame and bitterness.

Thorns, and cross, and nails, and lance,
Wounds, our treasure that enhance,
Vinegar, and gall, and reed,
And the pang His soul that freed.

Christ, by coward hands betrayed,
Christ, for us a Captive made,
Christ, upon the bitter tree
Slain for man, be praise to Thee.

The King of Kings laid down His life to pay for the sins of those who were in rebellion against Him. He gives you a free choice — will you bow before Him and make Him your king today by believing on Him as your Lord and Savior and putting your faith and trust in Him for your soul’s salvation?

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

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

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.