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

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TEXT: John 20:24-29:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One hymnist wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TEXT: John 20:24-29:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G.B. Timms wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TEXT: John 20:24-29:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 348.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haldor Lillenas wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 10 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 347)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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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 347.

D.L. Moody said, “The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.”

At the conclusion of His first meeting with the disciples after His resurrection, Jesus Christ gave an interesting statement regarding the forgiveness of sins. In verse 23, He told the disciples who had just received peace from the Lord, purpose from the Lord, and power from the Lord, “Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” The word translated as “remit” means “to let go, to give up a debt, to forgive.” The word translated as “retain” means “to hold fast, to not discard or let go, to keep.”

Some have interpreted this verse to mean that Jesus gave His disciples the power to forgive or not forgive the sins of others. However, that is not the case. Dr. John Walvoord states, this verse “must not be interpreted to mean that Jesus gave to a select body of people the right to forgive sins and let people into heaven. He was not setting aside the disciples (and their successors) as a ‘spiritual elite’ to deal with the sins of the world… The eminent Greek scholar Dr. Julius R. Mantey assures that the correct translation both here and in Matthew 16:19 should be: ‘Whosoever sins you remit [forgive] shall have already been forgiven them, and whosoever sins you retain [do not forgive] shall have already not been forgiven them.’ In other words, the disciples did not provide forgiveness; they proclaimed forgiveness on the basis of the message of the Gospel.”

The message of God’s forgiveness is great news for mankind because it means that God no longer holds our sins against us. If we take another look at the word translated as “remit” in the King James Version, we will see that it also means “to send away, to depart, or to disregard.” If we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, God forgives us of our sins. He sends them away. He disregards them. He does not allow them to hinder us from getting into a right relationship with Him. Through the Blood of Jesus Christ, He sees us separately from our sins.

When Jesus died on the cross, all of our sins were brought before God. Jesus’ shed blood is sufficient payment for all of the sins ever committed in the world. When we come to Christ, in faith, believing in His completed work on the cross, God regards our sins as being under the blood. He does not even see them. As one Old Testament prophet put it, He “casts all our sins into the depths of the sea.” The Psalmist wrote, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions [our sins] from us.”

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. The cost to God was the Cross of Christ. To forgive sin, while remaining a holy God, this price had to be paid. The revealed truth of God is that without the atonement He cannot forgive — He would contradict His nature if He did. The only way we can be forgiven is by being brought back to God through the atonement of the Cross. God’s forgiveness is possible only in the supernatural realm.”

Jesus gave His apostles the responsibility to proclaim this great news: that God would no longer judge those who accepted the atonement of His Son. This was the message of the angels upon the birth of Jesus: “Peace on earth; goodwill to men.” God sent Jesus to make peace with mankind. Jesus was a demonstration of the goodwill of God to us. He made sure that His followers recognized the total forgiveness that rests in Him. Outside of Christ, there is no forgiveness from God. All those who reject Christ and His work on the cross will have their sins “retained” or not forgiven. For those who choose to go their own way, God will continue to hold their sins against them. The main purpose of the church is to proclaim this glorious Gospel message.

H.W. Baker wrote:

Redeemed, restored, forgiven
Through Jesus’ precious blood,
Heirs of his home in heaven —
Oh, praise our pardoning God!
Praise him in tuneful measures
Who gave his Son to die;
Praise him whose sevenfold treasures
Enrich and sanctify.

God wants to forgive you of your sins today. But He can only do that if you accept the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross as the payment for your sins. Will you give your life to Jesus Christ today and experience the forgiveness that only comes from God? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 346)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

———-

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 346.

Marcus Dods said, “Jesus’ breathing upon His disciples was meant to convey the impression that His very own Spirit was imparted to them.”

When Jesus met His disciples on Resurrection Sunday, He gave them three precious gifts. The first gift was that of Peace: Jesus set His disciples’ hearts, minds, and souls at ease with the knowledge of His resurrection from the dead and their new standing as children of God. The second gift He gave them was that of Purpose: He commissioned them as His apostles who would continue taking the message of the Gospel to the world.

The third gift that Jesus gave to His disciples is that of Power. John writes, “And when he had said these things [giving them Peace and Purpose], he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” Shortly before Jesus left to go to the cross, Jesus had promised that the Holy Spirit would come to His disciples so that they would never be alone. It was this Power residing in them now that would enable them to continue in the Peace and Purpose that Jesus had given them.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe writes: “Jesus enabled His disciples through the Holy Spirit. This verse reminds us of Genesis 2:7 when God breathed life into the first man. In both Hebrew and Greek, the word for ‘breath’ also means ‘spirit.’ The breath of God in the first creation meant physical life, and the breath of Jesus Christ in the new creation meant spiritual life. The believers would receive the baptism of the Spirit at Pentecost and be empowered for ministry. Apart from the filling of the Spirit, they could not go forth to witness effectively. The Spirit had dwelt WITH them in the person of Christ, but now the Spirit would be IN them.” Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck go on to state that “this reception of the Spirit was in anticipation of the day of Pentecost and should be understood as a partial limited gift of knowledge, understanding, and empowerment until Pentecost, 50 days later.”

When the disciples received the Holy Spirit, they were empowered with the very same Spirit that had empowered Jesus Christ during His ministry. Jesus had once told a skeptical audience, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

The disciples had now been commissioned to do the same works and to preach the same message that Jesus had preached. They would not be able to do it without the power of the Holy Spirit working inside of them.

It is important to remember that the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ Spirit, is a Person, not a thing. He is a living power, the third person of the Trinity. Christians, today, erroneously speak of getting more of the Power of the Holy Spirit. But, the Spirit is not a thing to be measured. He is a Person. Either we have Him or we don’t. Perhaps a better way of putting this is to say either He has us or He doesn’t. We do not possess the Holy Spirit in the sense that we are in control of Him. Rather, He is in control of us and we ought to want Him to be in control of us. When the Holy Spirit is in control, He keeps us in perfect peace and He keeps us on track with our purpose.

The power that Jesus imparted to His disciples on that Resurrection Sunday 2,000 years ago is available to His people today. Every believer is filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome all of the dark forces of the world. The Holy Spirit gives us power to triumph over every difficulty that we face. The Holy Spirit gives us power to be bold in our proclamation of the truth of God’s Word to our world.

Witness Lee wrote:

If I’d know Christ’s risen power.
I must ever love the Cross;
Life from death alone arises;
There’s no gain except by loss.

If I’d have Christ formed within me,
I must breathe my final breath,
Live within the Cross’s shadow,
Put my own life ever to death.

If God through His Holy Spirit
Nail me ever with the Lord;
Only then as death is working
Will His power thru me be poured.

The power of the Holy Spirit can be imparted to you today. You can have the Holy Spirit living inside of you so that you can walk in peace and purpose. Will you give your life to Jesus Christ today and receive this gift of the risen Lord? 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 Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 343)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

———-

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 343.

Bill Bright said, “Not only is Jesus of Nazareth the only One who can pardon our sins, but He is the only One who can give purpose to life. None of us will be truly fulfilled until we invite Christ to show us the very purpose for which He created us. No one else who ever lived can do this — no man, no religion, no philosophy — only Jesus of Nazareth who is God in the flesh.”

When Jesus appeared to His disciples on that first Lord’s day 2,000 years ago, He came not only with the good news of His resurrection, but He also gave His disciples some very precious gifts. We have already seen how He gave them the gift of Peace. He said, “Peace be unto you.” This peace erased their fear and their condemnation. Because Jesus had conquered death, they could be emotionally, mentally, and spiritually at peace.

The second gift which Jesus gave to his disciples is that of Purpose. He said, “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” Jesus had spent over three years teaching and training His disciples. All that time, He had been preparing them for this moment. Jesus had been sent to Earth as God’s representative. Now, Jesus was giving His disciples the purpose of being His representatives to the lost, dying, and yet hostile world. We get the word “apostle”, sent ones, from the Greek word used in this verse. We also get the word “missionary” from the Latin translation of this verse. It is important to note that this purpose was not just given to the ten disciples who were present. Luke tells us that this purpose was given to all those who were gathered in that room. Every believer has this special purpose from God. Jesus sent all those who believed in Him out into the world to proclaim the good news of His death, burial, and resurrection and what that means for mankind.

Ray Stedman said, “Just as Jesus was sent into a lost world to touch the broken lives of people — to heal, to recover, to open eyes, and to set free — so the disciples were to go with the word of the gospel, doing the same work that Jesus was sent to do. This is what the Apostle Paul says in Second Corinthians: ‘We are ambassadors for Christ… We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.’ Jesus Himself would be the model of their ministry. Just as He went, so were they to go.”

Because of the uncertainty surrounding Jesus’ death, the disciples had begun to lose focus. Some had been separated from the others. They were afraid and in hiding. They had lost their sense of direction. Peter and some of the other disciples even decided to go back to their old occupation of fishing. They felt that they had lost Jesus and, thus, their lives had been set adrift. But Jesus shows up on that Resurrection Sunday morning and gives them Peace and Purpose. With their divine commission, their lives were put back on track and their energies began to be directed to a goal greater than themselves. They were no longer uncertain about what to do next. The resurrected Jesus had given them Purpose.

Have you ever felt as though your life was adrift on the sea of purposelessness? Have you ever felt lost, afraid, concerned about the future? Have you ever felt uncertain about where to direct your energies and your focus? I think it’s safe to say that we all have felt that way at one point or another. Just as Jesus Christ gave His disciples Purpose, He can give you Purpose as well. He can give you a reason to live. He can take away your feelings of uncertainty and despair. Because He is the Creator who gives life, He alone knows how to make life worthwhile.

One hymnist wrote:

Man’s Creator has a purpose
For our being here on earth.
In His image we’re created,
To express His rule on earth.

His Son, Jesus, is our Savior.
Once in human form He came.
Now as Spirit He can enter
As the breath of life to man.

Jesus Christ will get His kingdom
Just by growth—the normal way.
Not an instant transformation;
Growth goes on from day to day.

This life-seed is all-inclusive—
Everything we’ll ever need;
Yes, our God’s eternal purpose
Is within this precious seed.

Jesus wants to plant the life-seed of the Gospel in your heart today so that it can grow and give your life purpose and meaning. Will you give your life to Him today and receive the gift of the risen Lord? 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 Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 340)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

———-

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 340.

John MacArthur said, “Once the Lord rose from the dead on the first day of the week, that day of the week would never be the same again. If you memorialize the creation on the seventh day, and if you memorialize the law on the seventh day, you certainly want to memorialize the resurrection. If you celebrate God as Creator and law-giver, you certainly want to celebrate Him regularly and even more joyfully as Savior.”

In our last message, we began looking at the importance of Jesus’ resurrection on Sunday and how that has been carried forward in the church over hundreds of years. We saw that Sunday or “the Lord’s day” is not the “Christian Sabbath.” Nor is it a replacement of the Jewish Sabbath. It also is not primarily a day of rest as so many of us consider it. Rather, it is a natural outgrowth of the desire of the first Christians to commemorate and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a day of worship and praise to God for what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “There were at least five Resurrection appearances of our Lord on that first day of the week: to Mary Magdalene, the other women, Peter, the two Emmaus disciples, and the disciples minus Thomas. The next Sunday, the disciples met again and Thomas was with them. It would appear that the believers from the very first met together on Sunday evening, which came to be called ‘the Lord’s Day.’ It appears that the early church met on the first day of the week to worship the Lord and commemorate His death and resurrection. The Sabbath was over when Jesus arose from the dead. He arose on the first day of the week. The change from the seventh day to the first day was not effected by some church decree; it was brought about from the beginning by the faith and witness of the first believers. For centuries, the Jewish Sabbath had been associated with Law: six days of work, and then you rest. But the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, is associated with grace: first there is faith in the living Christ, then there will be works. There is no evidence in Scripture that God ever gave the original Sabbath command to the Gentiles, or that it was repeated for the church to obey. Nine of the Ten Commandments are repeated in the church epistles, but the Sabbath commandment is not repeated. However, Paul makes it clear that believers must not make ‘special days’ a test of fellowship or spirituality.”

On that first “Lord’s day” two thousand years ago, three important “firsts” happened.

1. The first Christian worship service took place. Matthew 28:9 tells us that as the women were leaving Jesus’ empty tomb, “Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him.” It was a brief moment of worship. But it was the first recorded time Jesus was worshiped as the risen Savior and Lord. When we gather on Sunday, we are gathering to worship Him.

2. The first Christian assembly took place. Verse 19 of our passage tells us that the “disciples were assembled” at a house when Jesus appeared in their midst. This ought to remind us that we gather together as believers in order to do nothing but meet with Jesus. He has promised that where two or three are gathered in His name, He will be there in the midst.

3. The first Christian sermon was preached. Luke 24:25-27 tells us that Jesus met two disciples on the road to Emmaus and, “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” The first Christian sermon was an expository message preached by Jesus Christ about Himself. Each Lord’s day, every preacher ought to make plain to believers and non-believers that Jesus Christ is the resurrected Lord and Savior.

How do we apply these truths about the first Lord’s day to our Sunday observances today?

First, the Lord’s day is a time for us to worship, celebrate, and refocus — to be reminded of what is most important in our lives. Paul instructed Timothy to “remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to the gospel.” Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, came to Earth, died on the cross, and then rose from the dead. That is the most important thing ever to happen in history. And it is the most important thing in our lives today. With all that happens in our personal lives and with all that is going on in the world, we need to be reminded of that.

Second, the Lord’s day is a time to proclaim the message of the Gospel. Jesus Christ said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Pastors, today, talk about many things from the pulpit. But, every Sunday, no matter what else is preached on, the Gospel ought to be proclaimed. People need to know that Jesus died for their sins and that He rose again.

Third, the Lord’s day is a time for us to look forward to the day when we will be resurrected with Christ. Romans 6:5 says, “If we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection,” Yes, we will die one day if the Rapture does not take place soon. But we also will one day be resurrected with a real, physical body just like Jesus. And we will join him forever in Heaven.

Charles Wesley translated this old Latin hymn which embodies the truths we all ought to remember when we gather each Lord’s day.

Jesus Christ is risen today,
our triumphant holy day,
who did once upon the cross,
suffer to redeem our loss.

Hymns of praise then let us sing,
unto Christ, our heavenly King,
who endured the cross and grave,
sinners to redeem and save.

But the pains which he endured,
our salvation have procured.
Now above the sky he’s King,
where the angels ever sing.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you can have something to celebrate every Sunday by believing on Him for your salvation from sin and the consequences of sin. 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 Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 339)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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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 339.

Daniel Hyde said, “When Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, things changed. Because of that pivotal event, the church determined that for Christians under the new covenant, the day of worship and celebration of the Lord’s grace in Jesus Christ was to be the first day of the week, Sunday.”

The early church was made up exclusively of Jewish believers. As such, they initially kept Jewish traditions such as going to the Temple to pray, observing the Passover, and observing the Sabbath Day. But the early Christians quickly added a new tradition to their observances — that of meeting on the day after the Sabbath — Sunday, the first day of the week — the day Jesus rose from the dead. Some Christians have thought that the Christian gathering on Sunday replaces the Jewish Sabbath observance. Others, such as our Seventh Day Adventist brethren, believe that Christians ought to still observe the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday both as a day of rest and a day of worship.

Regarding this matter, Dr. Warren Weirsbe said: “Our Lord rested in the tomb on the Sabbath and rose from the dead on the first day of the week. Many people sincerely call Sunday ‘the Christian Sabbath,’ but Sunday is not the Sabbath Day. The seventh day of the week, the Sabbath, commemorates God’s finished work of Creation. The Lord’s Day commemorates Christ’s finished work of redemption, the ‘new creation.’ God the Father worked for six days and then rested. God the Son suffered on the cross for six hours and then rested.”

So we see that the Sunday observance is an original, exclusively Christian tradition. It is not primarily a day of rest. Rather, it is a day where we remember and celebrate the resurrection and the finished work of Christ. What Adam failed to do, Christ accomplished. What the sacrificial system of ancient Israel failed to do, Christ accomplished. What the law failed to do, Christ accomplished. Every week, we pause to worship God and praise Him for what He has done for us through Jesus Christ. The Sunday worship observance is a sign that separates the church of God from all other groups of people, religious or otherwise — even the Jews.

Dr. Wiersbe continues, “God gave the Sabbath to Israel as a special ‘sign’ that they belonged to Him. The nation was to use that day for physical rest and refreshment both for man and beast; but for Israel, it was not commanded as a special day of assembly and worship. Unfortunately, the scribes and Pharisees added all kinds of restrictions to the Sabbath observance until it became a day of bondage instead of a day of blessing. Jesus deliberately violated the Sabbath traditions, though He honored the Sabbath Day.”

The worship of Christ on Sunday did not begin as a strict observance like the Sabbath did. In fact, there is no divine decree declaring Sunday a special day. Christians began to observe Sunday on a regular basis because they wanted to celebrate, commemorate, and appreciate what Jesus had done. The New Testament epistles speak of believers gathering on “the Lord’s day,” so this was clearly something widespread among believers and embraced and accepted by the apostles. So, what does the Sunday observance of the Lord’s day mean for us today? Lord willing, I’ll answer that question tomorrow in our next message.

John of Damascus, one of the old fathers of the Greek church, wrote:

Let us rise in early morning,
And, instead of ointments, bring
Hymns of praises to our Master,
And His Resurrection sing:
We shall see the Sun of Justice
Risen with healing in His wings.

Go ye forth, His Saints, to meet Him!
Go with lamps in every hand!
From the sepulchre He riseth:
Ready for the Bridegroom stand:
And the Shepherd of salvation
Hail, with His triumphant band.

Would you like to know everlasting peace today? You can have this peace if you believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation from sin and from the consequences of sin. 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 Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 336)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

———-

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 334.

G. Campbell Morgan said, “Jesus had faced and defeated all the forces which destroy the peace of man. As He said, ‘Peace be unto you,’ He was doing infinitely more than expressing a wish. He was making a declaration. He was bestowing a benediction. He was imparting a blessing.”

After sending Mary Magdalene to tell them that He was risen from the dead, Jesus went and visited His disciples Himself that evening. Most of the Twelve and some others were gathered at a house with the doors locked “for fear of the Jews.” They were afraid that, with Jesus gone, the Jewish authorities would come for them. We can imagine them eating dinner and discussing the news that Mary Magdalene had delivered that morning. Maybe some believed. Some thought she was delusional. Some decided that they would wait to see if any other proof would turn up before making up their minds. But all of a sudden, Jesus is standing in the middle of the room — without a knock, without the doors being unlocked and opened. He’s just there.

Dr. John Walvoord writes that Jesus’ entrance “shows the power of His resurrection body. But His body had substantial form and continuity with His pre-Cross body.” In other words, these disciples immediately recognized Jesus. They saw the marks of the torture and pain He had endured. Of course, they marveled at Him being alive. They were startled at His sudden appearance. But Jesus “shewed unto them his hands and his side.” He proved to them that it was Him beyond a shadow of a doubt. He gave them the best kind of proof that anyone could give — not words, not a message, not a spiritual vision, but hard, concrete, physical proof. But that is not all He gave them.

At this appearance to most of His disciples and a few others, Jesus gave peace. He said, “Peace be unto you.” Prior to this, the disciples were not at peace. Ever since the day before Passover, when Jesus plainly revealed that He would be arrested, tortured, and killed, the disciples had been in a state of unrest. There was turmoil in their souls over Jesus being taken away from them. They had fled when Jesus was arrested. Peter had denied Jesus and his heart broke with sorrow. John had stood by and watched Jesus being nailed to the cross. After the crucifixion, they all went into hiding, fearing for their own lives. In light of all this, what a wonderful message it was that Jesus delivered: “Peace be unto you.”

This peace dissolved their fear. Now that Jesus was resurrected, the disciples knew without a doubt that He was more powerful than the Jewish religious authorities and the Roman government combined. Could there be any greater threat to their lives? Certainly not. More importantly, they knew without a doubt that Jesus had conquered death. Could they imagine anything more frightning than death? Certainly not. Now they had nothing to fear from life, death, or even that which lay beyond death because Jesus had told them that He was going to prepare a place for them where they would be with Him forever. The sight and knowledge of the resurrected Lord brought peace to their troubled hearts.

Not only did this peace dissolve their fear, but it removed their condemnation. When Jesus suddenly appeared in their midst, many of the disciples likely thought that He would have words of rebuke for their lack of faith, their fear, and their disbelief. He had rebuked them before for such shortcomings. But not this time. When Jesus returned from the dead, not only did He bring mental and emotional peace, but He brought spiritual peace. He brought the assurance that, whatever had happened in the past, all of these disciples who believed on Him were now in a right relationship with God. Their sins, faults, and failures were under the blood which He had shed on the cross. Since God no longer imputed or ascribed their sins to them, Jesus did not either. They were now at peace with God.

Look around the world today and you will find many peace who are without peace. Do you know what the message of the resurrected Lord is to them? To you? It is the same message that He gave to His followers in that locked room 2,000 years ago. “Peace be unto you.” Mental, emotional, and spiritual peace. Peace from fear of life, fear of death, and fear of what comes after death. Peace from condemnation. Peace.

William Josiah Irons wrote:

Sing with all the saints in glory,
Sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story,
To the former days belong.

All around the clouds are breaking,
Soon the storms of time shall cease;
In God’s likeness we, awaking,
Know the everlasting peace.

Would you like to know everlasting peace today? You can have this peace if you believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation from sin and from the consequences of sin. 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 Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 333)

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TEXT: John 20:11-18:

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

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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 333.

Dr. Darrell Bock said, “Forgiveness isn’t an end in itself. The point of forgiveness is to remove the barrier that stands between us and God so that He can give us His Spirit and bring us into His everlasting family.”

When Mary realized that it was indeed Jesus — her Master, her Teacher — who was standing before her, she clung to Him. Having gone Him being taken away from her, not only once (when he was killed), but twice (when His body was found missing from the tomb), her reaction is understandable. She did not want Him to disappear again. She was glad that He was alive. But, Jesus tells her, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.”

The translation, “touch me not,” has led to some confusion. The Greek sense is that of a command to cease an already continuing action. Jesus is telling Mary to stop clinging to Him. It was not because Jesus did not want to be made ritually unclean, as some have suggested. Rather, as we will see in a minute, Jesus had a job for Mary to do. But, Dr. John Walvoord has an interesting interpretation of Jesus’ words, “Touch me not.” He writes: “In effect, Jesus is saying, ‘This (physical contact) is not My real presence for the church. A new relationship will begin with My Ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit.'” The disciples had interacted with Jesus on a physical level for three years. Now, Jesus is saying that things are changing. His physical presence is no longer the key to their relationship with Him. Instead, His Spirit — the Holy Spirit — will soon reside in them and they will not have access to Him physically. Jesus is trying to get Mary to understand that before His Ascension: even though He will physically ascend to His Father, He will not leave her or His disciples in the world alone.

In the meantime, however, Jesus has a job for Mary to do. He tells her, “Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” Jesus turns Mary into a messenger and He gives her a message to share. ‘Jesus is risen. And, soon, He will ascend to the Father.’

Notice how Jesus refers to the disciples as “my brethren.” Even after they all forsook Him and didn’t stand with Him as He went to the cross, He calls them “brethren.” Previously, He called them servants and friends. But, now He refers to them as part of His family. They are His brethren because of what He has accomplished by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. They are now a part of God’s family. What a wonderful message for Mary to share.

It is significant that Jesus chose Mary to deliver this message. She was the first to see the empty tomb. And she was the first to see the risen Lord. Now, she is the first to proclaim the good news — that Jesus is alive and that because of what He has done, sinful men can join the family of God. This account cannot be disputed because no Jewish writer who was trying to convince others to believe what he wrote would choose a woman as the eyewitness and the messenger of these important events. In fact, Luke tells us that when some of the disciples heard what she had to say, they dismissed it as nonsense. But Jesus chose Mary to deliver the message.

Her message echoes the message of the angels on the night that Jesus was born. Her message was one of glad tidings and great joy. Jesus had risen from the dead. Jesus had accomplished the work He was sent to do. Jesus had repaired the broken relationship between God and man. Now, all who wanted to be forever free from sin, death, hell, and the wrath of God, could be saved by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Charles Wesley wrote:

Jesus, the rising Lord of all,
His love to man commends,
Poor worms He blushes not to call
His brethren and His friends.

Who basely all forsook their Lord
In His distress, and fled,
To these He sends the joyful word,
When risen from the dead.

Go tell the vile deserters!—”No:
My dearest brethren tell,
Their Advocate to Heaven I go,
To rescue them from hell.

“Lo! to My father I ascend!
Your Father now is He,
My God, and yours, whoever depends
For endless life on Me.

“Sinners, I rose again to show
Your sins are all forgiven,
And mount above the skies, that you
May follow Me to Heaven.”

In the record of the Gospels, in the testimony of the disciples, and in the testimony of Mary today, Jesus has revealed Himself to us, not only as the coming Savior, the dying Savior, and the buried Savior, but also as the risen Savior who invites men to join the family of God and follow Him to Heaven. Will you believe in Him as Mary did and embrace Him as your Savior, Master, and Teacher? 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.