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John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, but the Prophet We Need, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 66 / Day 433 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 3:7-12:

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 66, day 433 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Craig S. Keener said, “Sometimes skeptics appeal to evil in the world to deny God’s existence; instead they should be applauding his mercy in giving them time to repent, because when God decisively abolishes evil, he will have to abolish them.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “The Pharisees and Sadducees, who came to see what he was doing, rejected his appeal. They believed that they, as physical sons of Abraham, were automatically qualified for Messiah’s kingdom. John completely repudiated Pharisaic Judaism and said that God if necessary could raise up stones to be His children. God could take Gentiles if necessary to find individuals to follow Him. Judaism was in danger of being removed. Unless there was productive fruit in keeping with repentance, God would remove the tree.”

Warren Wiersbe said, The key issue in any nation’s faith has always been the struggle between the true prophets and the false prophets, both of whom claim to speak in the name of the Lord. The false prophets tell us what we want to hear while the true prophets tell us what we need to hear. The false prophets don’t make a deep and thorough diagnosis of the nation’s sicknesses; they barely scratch the surface. True prophets cut deep and expose the hidden cancers; like John the Baptist, they apply the ax to the root of the trees and don’t waste their time plucking off dead leaves from the dying branches.”

John’s preaching tells us that God will not allow for people claiming to be saved but not living like they are saved. On those people, judgment will be sent. John says, “The axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” The axe being laid to the root of the trees is symbolic of the testing nature that is inherent in God’s salvation. Just as the religious leaders claimed to be righteous in their day, there are many who claim to be followers of Jesus today. Some claim this because of the family they were born into or the good works that they do. But true salvation comes only through the cleansing power of Jesus’ shed blood and our faith and trust in Him.

The religious leaders wanted to lift up their good works, their piety, and they ancestry as proof of their good standing with God. But Jesus came as the axe laid to the roots of their tree of righteousness. With the axe hacking against their wood, their true colors began to show. It turned out that they were not the friends of God that they would have others to believe. It turned out that they only wanted to use the Law for their own gain and personal promotion. It turned out that they hated God’s Son and wanted to kill Him. The axe laid to their roots showed the truth about their standing with God.

The axe is still being laid to the root of tree today. At one point or another, every person will be confronted with the Lord Jesus and their standing with God. Either they have accepted salvation through Christ and are deemed righteous in God’s sight by His shed blood. Or they are not under the blood of the Lamb and their lives, which have not brought forth fruit pleasing to God, will be hewn down and cast into the fires of Hell. The message of John the Baptist to the religious establishment of his day is one that is relevant to religious folk of today as well. We ought to examine ourselves and see if our fruit comes out of a heart that is truly saved or one that is simply self-serving.

There is only one person we can turn to if we want to be truly saved: Jesus Christ and the work He accomplished at Calvary. William R. Newell wrote:

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.

Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary.

If you are ready to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to share with you how you can do that right now:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, but the Prophet We Need , Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 63 / Day 430 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 3:1-9:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 63, day 430 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Harry Ironside said, “Christ is a substitute for everything, but nothing is a substitute for Christ.”

In his preaching to the Jewish religious leaders, John the Baptist assaults the assurance that they have regarding their own righteousness. The Jews in general, and these religious Jews in particular, had a superiority complex. They thought they were better than the Romans, better than all Gentiles, better than half-Jews like the Samaritans, and better than their fellow Jews who did not strictly follow the Law along with the traditions they had concocted. The elite religious class viewed themselves as the keepers of the Law and the true descendants of Abraham and Moses. John knew that they would try to use this in their defense, so he says, “Think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father.”

Many people like to point to their heritage in order to defend their religious or moral standing. Even today, many find themselves in disbelief when they hear that a person who comes from a “good family” or who had a “good upbringing” is being charged with a certain crime. We seem to think that the “goodness” of ancestors somehow rubs off on their descendants. But, as the saying goes, “God has no grandchildren.” Every man, every woman, stands on their own before God. John is telling the Jewish religious establishment that they could not rest on the relationship that Abraham had with God. Abraham was “a friend of God,” but as we see throughout the Gospels, the Jewish religious leaders were the enemies of God who went so far as to try to kill His Son.

R.C. Sproul writes that, “Although being Jewish includes outward covenant privileges, the true children of God are saved only by virtue of God’s action. Only God can apply the water that changes hearts of stone. Neither a Jew by birth nor a Christian by birth can expect to be spared judgment apart from the fruit that gives evidence of repentance and faith.” This is what John means when he says, “God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” It is not what we do or the background that we come from that saves us or makes us righteous in God’s eyes. You can come from a family of preachers and missionaries, attend church twice a week, and do a multitude of good deeds; but that will do nothing to effect your salvation. If He wanted to, God could raise up children unto Himself out of rocks.

But, what God will not allow for is people claiming to be saved but not living like they are saved. On those people, judgment will be sent. John says, “The axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” Our salvation ought to lead to good works (good fruit) in our lives. However, if, like the Jewish religious leaders, our good works are not rooted in true salvation and true repentance, they are worthless in God’s sight. While we may be able to convince others that we are saved simply by our works, in the end, God will reveal the truth and, if the basis of our works is not true salvation, our tree (our life) will be cut down and cast into the fires of Hell. The only way to be saved is through faith in Jesus Christ.

Barney E. Warren wrote:

Blessed Jesus, I am bringing
All to Thee forevermore;
To Thy cross my hope is clinging,
Let me enter by the door.

Sinful things I come forsaking,
Thy forgiveness I implore;
Oh, my heart with sin is breaking,
Let me enter by the door.

Holy One, I’ve sinned against Thee,
Yet I count Thy mercies over;
Freely pardon now and bless me,
Let me enter by the door.

As I come so weak and weary,
Lord, my helpless soul restore;
All my life is sad and dreary;
I will me enter by the door.

If you are ready to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour — because He is the only one who can save you, allow me to share with you how you can do that right now:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, But the Prophet We Need, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 60 / Day 427 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 3:1-9:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 60, day 427 since Jan. 1, 2016.

J.I. Packer said, “Repentance is more than just sorrow for the past; repentance is a change of mind and heart, a new life of denying self and serving the Savior as king in self’s place.”

The audiences that came to hear John preach can be divided into two basic groups. First, there are those who eagerly took heed to John’s message, repented, and were baptized by him. They were the ones described in verse four: they heard John preach and they were “baptized of him, confessing their sins.” Then there were those who needed some extra prodding, “the Pharisees and the Sadducees” who came primarily just to see what John was up to. When John saw them, he said, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

John doubted their sincerity in coming to hear him preach. He knew the kind of people they were on the inside. Not only did he call them “vipers”, an insult on its own, but he called them a “brood of vipers”, literally the offspring of vipers. This is a double-insult because John is likening the religious leaders to mother-killers. In that day, it was commonly believed that the viper’s offspring ate their way out of their mother’s body, killing the mother. To imply that someone had killed their own mother was a very high insult. But, John, filled with God’s spirit, knew that these religious leaders had hearts that were capable of such wickedness.

The wickedness of the religious leaders is not without consequence. John speaks of “the wrath to come.” They were already facing God’s judgment because of their sin and hypocrisy. They would face even harsher judgment if they rejected John’s message that called them to repentance in anticipation of the coming of the Messiah. John’s question, “Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”, is rather sarcastic. It appears as though John does not believe that the religious leaders will repent.

However, he tells them to “bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” If they say they are repenting, he wants them to show this by acting as though they have repented. He wants them to change their ways. And that is what God wants for each of us. He does not want us to fall under His wrath. He wants us to turn from evil and do good. He wants our lives to “bring forth fruits that are meet for repentance.” Gregory Brown said, “It is very easy to make a claim or to have a profession of faith, but how does one know if it’s a reality? John the Baptist in commanding repentance did not just say simply ‘confess’ or make a declaration. True repentance always has the corresponding fruits.”

Dear friend, are you just a good confessor, but not a good repenter? Are you the kind of person who does not mind acknowledging your sin and confessing it, even to God, but you have no intention in your heart of turning away from your sin? God demands if you confess your sins that you repent of your sins if you want to be right with Him and blessed by Him.

Johann Franck wrote:

Lord, to Thee I make confession;
I have sinned and gone astray,
I have multiplied transgression,
Chosen for myself my way.
Led by Thee to see my errors,
Lord, I tremble at Thy terrors.

Yet, though conscience’s voice appall me,
Father, I will seek Thy face;
Though Thy child I dare not call me,
Yet receive me to Thy grace.
Do not for my sins forsake me;
Do not let Thy wrath overtake me.

For Thy Son did suffer for me,
Gave Himself to rescue me,
Died to heal me and restore me,
Reconciled me unto Thee.
‘Tis alone His cross can vanquish
These dark fears and soothe this anguish.

Then on Him I cast my burden,
Sink it in the depths below.
Let me know Thy gracious pardon,
Wash me, make me white as snow.
Let Thy Spirit leave me never;
Make me only Thine forever.

If you are willing to repent of your sins past and trust Christ as your Saviour today, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for your soul’s salvation, repent of your sins, and start living a new life in Christ:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, but the Prophet We Need, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 59 / Day 426 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 3:1-9:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 59, day 426 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Matthew Henry said, “Many mourn for their sins that do not truly repent of them, weep bitterly for them, and yet continue in love and league with them.”

As we continue looking at the life and preaching of John the Baptist, we are now introduced to the people who came to hear him preach. The Bible says they came from “Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan.” These were the common people who heard that what appeared to be the second coming of Elijah was taking place. They did not want to miss out on the new thing that God was doing. Many of them probably came out of curiosity, but once they listened to John, they realized that he had a very serious message — a message that demanded action.

John was not content to have large crowds who listened to him and cheered him on, but who did not respond to his message. He would not have been satisfied with many of the churches of our day, where people come in, sit, and listen, but do not act on what they hear. John preached a convicting message of repentance that urged people to do something. The Bible says that many of the people who came to see him “were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.” Regarding John’s message, one commentator said, “Although most Jewish traditions acknowledged that all people need some repentance, John’s call to his people is more radical. John’s ‘repentance’ refers not to a regular turning from sin after a specific act but to a once-for-all repentance, the kind of turning from an old way of life to a new way of life that Judaism associated with Gentiles’ converting to Judaism.”

There was another group of people who also came to see John — those of the elite religious class, the establishment, the Pharisees and Sadducees, who came to observe him baptizing. When John noticed them in the crowd, he said, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” John, filled with the Spirit of God, knew that these individuals had no intention on heeding his message. They were quite content with the way they had their “church” set up in Jerusalem. If anything, they were there to see if John was a threat to the status quo, to turn public opinion against him, and, if they could, to get him to stop preaching.

But, John saw them just as he saw the rest of the people who came to hear him preach. They were people who needed to repent and be baptized as well. That is why he told them, “Bring forth fruits meet for repentance.” He knew that the Pharisees and Sadducees were steeped in hypocrisy. They taught the letter of the Law but did not obey the spirit of the Law. Therefore, John challenged them not only to repent, but to prove that they had repented by changing their behavior. That is the mark of true repentance — when we change our behavior in order to line up with what we say we believe.

Today, our repentance ought to begin with trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour. It is through salvation through Christ that we are given the power to repent and live a new life for God’s glory as expressed in this hymn by Barney E. Warren.

Lord, I come to Thee with an aching heart,
I am waiting at the cross;
I confess my guilt, and with sin I part,
I am waiting at the cross.

I forsake the way I am walking in,
I am waiting at the cross;
Save me now from this load of sin,
I am waiting at the cross.

I am bound, O Lord, but I come to Thee,
I am waiting at the cross;
It was there Christ suffered in pardon me,
I am waiting at the cross.

I repent, O Lord, as Thy word commands,
I am waiting at the cross;
Oh, release my heart from its sinful bands,
I am waiting at the cross.

If you are willing to repent of your sins past and trust Christ as your Saviour today, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for your soul’s salvation, repent of your sins, and start living a new life in Christ:

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.

John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, But the Prophet We Need, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 56 / Day 423 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 3:1-4:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 53, day 423 since Jan. 1, 2016.

John R.W. Stott said, “In countries to which Christian civilization has spread, large numbers of people have covered themselves with a decent, but thin, veneer of Christianity. They have allowed themselves to become somewhat involved, enough to be respectable but not enough to be uncomfortable. Their religion is a great, soft cushion. It protects them from the hard unpleasantness of life, while changing its place and shape to suit their convenience. No wonder the cynics speak of hypocrites in the church and dismiss religion as escapism.”

In our last message, we talked about how the positioning of John the Baptist as an outsider in his society is a reminder to us that, as followers of Christ, we will often be on the fringe. We will often be at odds with the religious establishment and the secular government. We may indeed find ourselves in the “wilderness” of popular opinion, especially if we are telling people to “repent” and “prepare” their hearts to receive the Lord. But, not only does the location of John the Baptist have something important to tell us, but the lifestyle of John the Baptist also has something important to tell us.

Verse 4 reads that “John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins.” John lived simply, with only the barest of necessities. He had one set of clothes, probably not even sewn into a proper tunic — just a camel’s hair cloth to cover himself with and a leather girdle or belt to keep it from falling off. Unfortunately, if this type of fashion were the only one available to preachers today, most preachers would probably stop preaching. There is nothing wrong with dressing nicely, but if you place more importance on the outward appearance than the message itself, something is wrong. If you are more concerned about how you are presented than you are about how the message is presented, something is wrong. John did not care what people thought of how he looked and he still got multitudes to listen to him. Why? Because his message was divinely inspired, directly from God, and he delivered it faithfully.

But dwelling in the wilderness and dressing in camel’s hair are not the only peculiar things about John. The Bible tells us that his “meat was locusts and wild honey.” Only the very poor of John’s day ate locusts. The lowest people on the human social ladder ate the lowest form of food. It was just enough for survival. Wild honey was a natural sweetener, much more freely available then than it is to us today. One commentary states, “John’s lifestyle declares that he lived fully for the will of God, not valuing possessions, comfort, or status. Blinded by our society’s values, we too often preach a Christianity that merely ‘meets our needs’ rather than one that calls us to sacrifice our highest desires for the kingdom. Too many Western Christians live a religion that costs nothing, treats the kingdom cheaply, and therefore does not demand saving faith. Saving faith includes believing God’s grace so sincerely that we live as if his message is true and stake our lives on it.”

If we had to choose between preaching the Gospel and our own personal ease, I am afraid that many of us would choose comfort over the Great Commission. The point of this passage is not to shame us into living like John did. We are not all called to be a prophet. But this passage challenges us to honestly consider, if we were put to the test, would we be willing to give up all of the creature comforts that make life easier in order to deliver the message of repentance to those who need it. Further, we must consider what kind of witness we would be to the world if we ceased caring about earthly things more than we cared about the kingdom of Heaven.

One hymn writer put it this way:

Your call is clear, cold centuries across;
You bid me follow you, and take my cross,
And daily lose myself, myself deny,
And stern against myself shout ‘Crucify’.

The world, to see my cross, would pause and jeer.
I have no choice, but still to persevere
To save myself — and follow you from far,
More slow than Magi, for I have no star.

And yet you call me still. Your cross
Eclipses mine, transforms the bitter loss
I thought that I would suffer if I came
To you into immeasurable gain.

I kneel before you, Jesus, crucified,
My cross is shouldered and myself denied;
I’ll follow daily, closely, not refuse
For love of you and man myself to lose.

If you are ready to commit to Christ today, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for your soul’s salvation:

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.

John the Baptist, the Ambassador of Christ (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 52 / Day 419 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 3:1-4:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 52, day 419 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Martin Luther said, “The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation.”

For over 400 years, there had not been a prophet delivering the word of the Lord among the Jews. This absence of a direct word from God was felt heavily by many of those who longed for the coming of the Messiah. Even the religious establishment regarded the days of the prophets as a high period in Israelite history. So, when John the Baptist began preaching, many people got excited. Like the prophets of old, he came from outside of the establishment and he came with a fiery message: “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “John’s ministry was conducted in the Desert of Judea, barren and rugged land west of the Dead Sea. His message was forthright and had two parts: a soteriological aspect, repent, and an eschatological aspect, for the kingdom of heaven is near. The concept of a coming kingdom was well known in Old Testament Scriptures. But the idea that repentance was necessary in order to enter this kingdom was something new and became a stumbling block to many Jews. They thought that as children of Abraham they would automatically be granted entrance into Messiah’s kingdom. John’s message, however, was that a change of mind and heart was necessary before they could qualify for the kingdom. They did not realize how far they had drifted from God’s Law and the requirements laid down by the prophets… In addition, John must mean that God’s heavenly rule was about to be extended directly to earthly spheres. God’s rule over the earth had drawn near and was about to be instituted through the person of the Messiah for whom John was preparing the way. No one hearing John preach asked him what he was talking about, for the concept of Messiah’s rule over the kingdom of earth was a common thread in Old Testament prophecy. The requirement for that institution, however, was that the nation repent.”

Many people who first came to hear John preach and be baptized by him came out of curiosity. The first real prophet in over 400 years? This was something to see. But they soon realized that John’s message was one that needed to be taken seriously. His message was, “Repent”, make an about-face, turn from wicked ways and do good. The baptisms that he carried out were symbolic for those who had chosen to live a new life after repentance. Of course, repentance and baptism alone will not save any individual. As William Hendriksen points out, “It should be stressed that although John attached considerable importance to baptism, baptized many, and was therefore called ‘the Baptist,’ he did not consider this rite to have any saving significance apart from the fundamental change of life indicated by conversion. It is on the latter that he placed the greatest emphasis.”

John’s call for people to “repent” was a precursor to the arrival of the kingdom of heaven. He was basically telling his audience, “Because the kingdom of heaven is at hand, you need to repent. You need to put away your sinful ways in order to have a place in this kingdom.” Interestingly, repentance is a big part of the Gospel message. In Matthew and Mark, “Repent” is the first recorded word of Jesus’ preaching. When Jesus sent His disciples out on their own for the first time, Mark says they “preached that men should repent.” After Jesus rose from the dead, He told His disciples that all that had happened had happened so “that repentance and remission of sins should be preached among all nations.” When summing up his life’s work to King Agrippa, Paul said that he showed to all men “that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

Repentance is not a popular topic of discussion, and some, though they may have good intentions, are guilty of downplaying repentance in a misguided effort to attract people to the Gospel. But the truth is that repentance is part and parcel with the Gospel. It is something that goes along with it. While we are entering the kingdom of heaven, we also ought to be in the process of repenting — turning away from life as citizens of the world toward life as citizens of the kingdom. One commentator uses this example to explain it: “If you are in New York, and I tell you to come to Los Angeles, I don’t really need to say, ‘Leave New York and come to Los Angeles.’ To come to Los Angeles is to leave New York, and if I haven’t left New York, I certainly haven’t come to Los Angeles. We can’t come to the kingdom of heaven unless we leave our sin and the self-life.”

Albert Evans wrote:

Lord, to Thee alone we turn,
To Thy cross for safety fly;
There, as penitents, to learn
How to live and how to die.

Sinful on our knees we fall;
Hear us, as for help we plead;
Hear us when on Thee we call;
Aid us in our time of need.

Guard us in that darksome hour,
In Thy kingdom, let us rest,
There, secure from Satan’s power,
We may lie upon Thy breast.

If you want to enter the kingdom of Heaven, you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to help you turn from the sin in your life. Here is how you can place your faith and truth in Him for your salvation.

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 3 Witnesses For Jesus Christ, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 61)

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TEXT: John 5:31-39

31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

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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 61.

Andreas J. Köstenberger said, “If God’s word had dwelt in Jesus’ opponents, they would have accepted rather than rejected him… Jesus maintained that zeal in studying Scripture was misguided, for alone it was insufficient for attaining eternal life.”

After speaking of how John the Baptist and the miracles He performed testified to the truth of who He was, Jesus points to His third witness. This witness is none other than God the Father. Jesus says, “The Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me.”

In their own lifetime, there were at least three ways in which God the Father had testified of His Son. First, when Jesus was born, the angels of God proclaimed His arrival to the shepherds and they went throughout Bethlehem announcing the good news that Christ, the Savior, had come. No doubt, this did not escape the notice of the Jewish leaders. Perhaps, by this time, however, they had forgotten it or simply disregarded it.

Second, around the same time Jesus was born, a star appeared in the East. (Because of its unusual appearance, some scholars say it was a planet appearing closer than normal to the Earth.) King Herod, who had been told by the Wise Men that the star meant a king was to be born, summoned the Jewish religious leaders and asked them what the sign meant. It was the Jews who, reading from Scripture, told Herod where the Messiah would be born. Surely, they saw then that God was at work.

Then, when Jesus was baptized by John, a voice came out of Heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Everyone knew that the voice was from God, and the one whom He was speaking of was Jesus Christ. Apparently, the Jewish leaders did not take this voice seriously.

Thus, Jesus tells them, “Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.” The word “hear” in this verse is used in the sense of “obey.” They knew of God’s word regarding the Messiah, but they had not obeyed it or acted on it. The phrase “seen his shape” has a similar interpretation. They saw God working, but they had not paid attention to it or regarded it. They were so blind that they simply ignored it. How many people today, saved and lost, hear God’s word and see God working but don’t allow His word and His work to impact their lives?

Jesus goes on to point out how that God had been testifying to the Jews about the Messiah, not just in recent days, but for centuries past. He says, “Ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

The “word” Jesus is talking about is the Old Testament Scriptures, specifically the writings of the prophets. There are over 350 specific prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament. The Jews, especially the religious leaders, were avid students of the Scripture. They believed that they could gain hold of eternal life through accurate study of the Bible. However, in spite of all their study, they completely missed the fact that Jesus was fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies right before their eyes. This was the testimony of the Father — the Scriptures speaking of Jesus before He had arrived.

Imagine being on a hiking tour. At the beginning of the tour, you pick up a guide book that tells you about the trail, the different points of interest, and some historical markers. You start walking, but miss the scenery and all the points of interest because you have your nose stuck in the guide book. This is what happened to the Jewish leaders.

Jesus called them on this ignorance. They were searching the Scriptures for eternal life, all the while eternal life was standing right in front of them. They missed this great revelation because they did not have God’s Word in their hearts; to them, the Scriptures were just books of religious information. They didn’t see it as the living word of God and they missed out on the greatest blessing in history.

God is speaking about His Son even today. He is still speaking through His word, whether you are reading it for yourself or hearing it preached. The question is: will you allow yourself to be blinded to the truth of what is being shown to you, or will you seize this opportunity to believe.

If you are ready to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how you can do that today:

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

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

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

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

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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