The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 274)

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TEXT: John 16:28-30:

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

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

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

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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 274.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louisa Stead wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 273)

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TEXT: John 16:26-27:

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

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

———-

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 273.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 272)

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TEXT: John 16:22-25:

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

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

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

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

———-

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 272.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Perry wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 270)

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TEXT: John 16:22-24:

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

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

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

———-

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 270.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 269)

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TEXT: John 16:20-22:

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

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

———-

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 269.

Henry Ward Beecher said, “In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.”

Jesus has promised His disciples that their sorrow over His crucifixion, death, and departure from them would be transformed into joy. In order to illustrate this, He uses the image of a woman about to give birth to a child. He says, “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.”

Bringing a child into the world is a painful process. But after it is done, no mother will tell you that she wishes for the child to be taken away. Why not? Didn’t the child cause tremendous pain? Yes, it did, but now it has brought tremendous joy into the life of the parents. The pain has been changed into joy.

The once-for-all sacrifice of Christ would have the same effect. Even though Jesus had talked about it with the disciples, letting them know what was going to happen, it would still cause them great pain. Jesus, Himself, was about to enter into “travail of soul” in the Garden of Gethsemane as He agonized over God’s plan. At the outset of these events, Jesus, who knew all things, told the disciples that the outcome would be wrapped up in joy. Dr John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state: “Now, the disciples were entering the process of pain, but the light of joy was just ahead.”

In fact, the joy that Jesus promised would be so great that He said, “Your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” The disciples’ joy was rooted in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because that could not be undone, their joy could never be removed. The disciples maintained this joy through persecution, through hardship, through pain, and even through death because it was rooted in something that transcended all of that. The very thing that they feared, the very thing that had been the source of their sorrow — Jesus’ separation from them — became the source of their joy.

How does this apply to us today? First, we can gain joy from our knowledge of the fact that Jesus has risen from the dead and lives inside each of us. On top of that, all of the pain and sorrow that we experience here on earth will be transformed into joy when we see Jesus face to face.

Esther Kerr Rusthoi wrote:

Ofttimes the day seems long,
our trials hard to bear,
We’re tempted to complain,
to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear
to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over
in God’s eternal day.

It will be worth it all
when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small
when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face
all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race
till we see Christ.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 268)

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TEXT: John 16:19-20:

19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

———-

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 268.

Charles Spurgeon said, “It is most remarkable and instructive that the apostles do not appear in their sermons or epistles to have spoken of the death of our Lord with any kind of regret. The gospels mention their distress during the actual occurrence of the crucifixion, but after the resurrection, and especially after Pentecost, we hear of no such grief.”

Jesus responds to His disciple’s concerns over how they wouldn’t see Him for “a little while”, and then “a little while” after that, they would see Him. The disciples were confused by this statement and had begun debating its meaning among themselves. At first, it doesn’t sound like a direct explanation, but this is what Jesus says: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.”

Jesus is speaking of the events which are about to transpire — His crucifixion and His resurrection. When the Jewish mob causes Jesus to be taken away and crucified, the disciples would “weep and lament, but the world would rejoice.” The weeping and lamenting of the disciples and the other true followers of Jesus, such as the Marys who were with Him at the cross, is understandable because of the way things seemed to be turning out. They would be sorrowful over the loss of their relationship with Jesus. They would be saddened by the humiliation of their Master and Rabbi. They would be disappointed over what looked like a victory for Jesus’ enemies. They would be crestfallen because all that they had hoped for in Jesus seemed to have been ripped away.

Even Jesus admits, “ye shall be sorrowful.” “But,” He says, “your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” Not sorrow taken away and replaced with joy; sorrow turned into joy. That which was the source of the disciples’ sorrow would be the very same thing that gave them joy. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state, “The very event, the death of the Messiah, which would cause the disciples to weep and mourn would bring them gladness. Jesus’ resurrection and the Spirit’s work of interpretation would enable them to know that He had to die so that they could have forgiveness of sins. Later, the church would rejoice in Jesus’ death.”

A few days ago, we commemorated the 15th anniversary of 9/11 — a devastating terrorist attack in which nearly 3,000 people died and which launched America into a new awareness of global Islamic extremism. The 15-year commemoration was not a celebration. No one looks back on that day and says, ‘It turned out for the best.’ No joy has come out of that overwhelming sorrow.

Compare that with the day Jesus died — a day in which the Son of God, the most innocent Man to walk the face of the earth, was arrested, beaten, humiliated and executed. What do we call it? Good Friday. We celebrate it every Sunday. We tell people about it and call it “good news.” God has turned the sorrow of that day into overwhelming joy not only for the disciples, but for millions since then.

Jesus’ promise to His disciples was fulfilled. Their weeping and mourning became joy and gladness.

Philip Doddridge wrote:

O happy day that fixed my choice
On Thee, my Savior and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.

Happy day, happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray,
And live rejoicing every day;
Happy day, happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 267)

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TEXT: John 16:16-20:

16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?

18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.

19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

———-

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 267.

Thomas a Kempis said, “Let this be thy whole endeavor, this thy prayer, this thy desire, that thou mayest be stripped of all selfishness, and with entire simplicity follow Jesus only.”

Throughout the past couple of chapters, the disciples have been unusually quiet as Jesus taught about what His departure would mean for them. They, like we would have been, are probably in a state of denial, saying to themselves, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’ But it was happening. And Jesus reminds them of that fact when he says, “A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.”

This prompts the disciples to debate among themselves Jesus’ true meaning. Apparently, in their minds, they were not getting any clear answers — or the answers they wanted to hear — from Jesus, so they began trying to figure things out on their own. They said among themselves, “What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.”

Jesus’ statement has two ways of being interpreted — the first is a more immediate reference that would apply to the disciples, and the second is a long-term reference that would apply to all of the church.

The first, short-term view of Jesus’ words states that Jesus was speaking primarily about his impending crucifixion. When He was arrested and taken away to be crucified, the disciples would no longer “see” Him. They would be separated from Him physically. But, after “a little while,” they would see Him as He would be raised from the dead after three days and return to them as He had said He would. And, after that, He would go to His Father. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy B. Zuck support this view in their commentary, stating, “Only Jesus’ death, resurrection, post-resurrection ministry, and Ascension would make it all clear.” To be more precise, their commentary says, “The words in a little while were bewildering to the disciples (and also possibly to the initial readers of John’s Gospel). Also the prediction, you will see Me, was not immediately understood. Did Jesus refer (a) to the coming of the Holy Spirit or (b) to His Second Advent or (c) to His brief, 40-day ministry between His resurrection and His Ascension? The last interpretation fits this passage best.”

The second, long-term view of Jesus’ words states that Jesus was speaking about His return to Heaven before the church age and then His Second Coming to Earth in the last days. The “little while” in which Jesus will be absent is a reference to the amount of time between those two events. Dr. Warren Wiersbe believes this is primarily what Jesus was referring to, stating, “The disciples did not live to see the return of Christ, but they did die and see Him when they arrived in glory. In comparison to eternity, the time that the church has been awaiting the Lord’s return has really been but ‘a little while.'”

Both of these views can be held. And, it is probable that Jesus meant his words to be understood both ways — as an encouragement for the disciples, and as edification for the believers who would follow them. It is natural to have questions about Jesus’ return. But while Jesus is going to be gone for “a little while,” we must remember that He is coming back — that we will see Him again. Just as He came back from the dead and appeared to the disciples after He went away to be crucified, He will come back from Heaven to gather His Church to Himself.

Leslie Rummel wrote:

When Jesus returns at the chosen time
As the one true God and King,
Will thousands of angels fill the sky?
Will heavenly voices sing?

When Jesus returns will trumpets sound
as we witness this glorious sight?
Will we fall to our knees when our eyes behold
His power, His glory, His might?

When Jesus comes to claim His elect
Will we be ready to go?
For the day and hour that He’ll appear
Is not for us to know!

When Jesus returns as promised
I pray that all men will be,
Prepared to depart with the King of Kings
To Heaven for eternity!

If you want to accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ so that you can be one of those whom Jesus takes with Him to Heaven, here is how:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abiding in Christ and Bearing Good Fruit, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 247)


TEXT: John 15:14-17

14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

———-

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 247.

E.M. Bounds said, “The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us. The church is the only society in the world that never loses any of its members, even by death.”

Throughout this discourse, Jesus has announced to His disciples the many privileges of being in league with Him.

1. They have homes in Heaven being built for them.
2. They will soon have the Holy Spirit living inside of them.
3. They are not just the servants, but the friends of their Master.
4. If they are obedient, their prayers will be answered.
5. If they are obedient, they will share in the joy of their Master.

This is such good news that the disciples may have begun to think, ‘Man, look at us. We have a lot to be proud of.’ But Jesus shuts down that line of thinking by reminding them, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” ‘Most of you were simple fishermen when I called you,’ Jesus says. ‘Philip, you were sitting under a tree when I first saw you. Simon, you were with the Zealots and you probably would have ended up dead trying to overthrow Roman rule. And, Matthew, you were a corrupt tax collector, gouging your fellow Jews in exchange for their hatred.’ Basically, Jesus is reminding the disciples that they have nothing to be proud of. It was Jesus who had taken the initiative, saying, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

But, as we have seen, Jesus did not just choose them so He could have disciples and followers like all the other rabbis. Jesus did not choose them just to teach them. He chose them for a purpose. Jesus says, “I have ordained you.” The word ordained means ‘to lay upon; to make or to set aside for one’s use; to set forth; or to establish.’

By “ordaining” His disciples, Jesus is setting them up for a purpose. He wants them to abide in Him for a purpose. He wants them to share in His joy for a purpose. He wants them to be obedient for a purpose. He calls them His friends for a purpose. He will fill them with the power of the Holy Spirit for a purpose. This is the part where Jesus tells His disciples, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

What is that purpose? What is that responsibility? Jesus says it is, “That ye should GO and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain.” The term “go” indicates more than just evangelism. The disciples are to live their lives from this point on in the light of them having been chosen and ordained by God. Warren Wiersbe said, “The purpose for all this [choosing and ordaining] is that we might obey Him and get His work done. The King has tasks that must be performed; and if we love Him, we will obey His commands. We will seek to bear fruit that will please Him and glorify the Father. Our joy should be to please Him.”

As Christians, we can fall into the trap of thinking that salvation is a product of what we have done and choices we have made. But that is not the case. Salvation and our ordination as Christ’s servants are entirely a result of what He has done for us. In light of what He has done, we ought to “go” — to live our lives as branches of the vine of Christ, bringing Him glory as we produce much fruit.

One hymnwriter said:

God eternal has a purpose,
Formed in His eternal past,
Spreading to eternal future;
Between these ends all time is cast.
For with time there is the process,
Time for His accomplishment;
And in time we’re merely travelers—
For eternity we’re meant.

As the product, the fulfillment,
Will the church in glory stand,
Consummation of the purpose
In eternal ages planned.
God will have His corporate vessel,
All His glory to contain;
Lord, we’re wholly for Thy purpose
All Thy goal in us attain.

The future and calling that Jesus gave to His disciples, He extends to you as well. He is saying to you today, “Come, follow Me.” Here is how you can make the choice to follow Him even as the disciples did.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abiding in Christ and Bearing Good Fruit, Part 11 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 246)

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TEXT: John 15:14-17

14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

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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 246.

Oswald Chambers said, “Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself.”

Jesus has referred to those who are His followers in several different ways in the context of their relationship to Him. They are disciples, fishers of men, servants, and branches of the vine. Here, Christ introduces a new term. He calls them friends. All of those who obey Christ with a sincere heart are His friends.

Jesus says, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

In a master-servant relationship, the servant is expected to simply do as he is told. He does not have a friendship with the master. Their relationship is strictly business. What he learns from the master is on a need-to-know basis. The master does not tell the servant why he is doing things. He does not try to explain what is going on. The servant is simply expected to do whatever the master tells him. However, a friendship is different.

The Greek word for “friend” implies ‘one who is familiar with another, one who is regarded as a companion, one who is an associate and knows about the affairs of another.’ Jesus sees His disciples and us in this manner. He did not just go to the cross and expect His disciples to fall in line. Rather, He treated them like friends. He took the time to explain to them what was going on and to prepare them for the days ahead even though they didn’t understand it all. After His resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with His friends teaching them, explaining things to them, and getting them ready for the great work that they had ahead of them. That is what a friend does.

Rodney A. Whitacre said, “Jesus’ disciples are his friends because he has made known to them everything he heard from his Father. The disciples thereby fulfill the ideal of Abraham and Moses. Abraham was called God’s friend, and he was one from whom God did not keep secret his plans. Moses likewise was God’s friend, for ‘the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.’ The opponents of Jesus in this Gospel have exalted ideas of Moses and Abraham. But such intimacy with God is now open to all in Christ.”

The idea of a friendship between God and man really goes back to the Garden of Eden. In Genesis chapter 3, we are informed that God would walk with Adam “in the garden in the cool of the day.” God and Adam were friends. It was nothing for God to just show up in the Garden and He and Adam take a stroll just like you or I would do with one of our friends. Can you imagine God and Adam talking about the business of tending to the Garden? God would explain things to Adam and teach him about the different plants and animals. Adam would share with God what he and Eve had been doing that day. All of that changed, however, when Adam and Eve sinned. Their fellowship with God was broken. They became the enemies of God as did all their descendants.

But Jesus came to restore the friendship between Earth and Heaven. He came to make it so that God and man could be friends again as long as man would abide in Him. Now, Jesus walks with us and talks with us and ‘makes known to us all things that He has heard of His Father.’ It is a wonderful thing to be a friend of Christ and of God.

Merle Haggard wrote:

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ not only as your Savior, but as your friend, His invitation to you stands: ‘Come and follow me.’ God loved you enough to send His Son to the cross to die for you so that you could have a relationship — a friendship — with Him. Allow me to explain how you can receive Him as your Savior today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abiding in Christ and Bearing Good Fruit, Part 10 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 245)

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TEXT: John 15:12-14

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

———-

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 244.

Iranaeus said, “Our Lord Jesus Christ, the word of God, out of his boundless love, became what we are that He might make us what He Himself is.”

Jesus’ command to His disciples is “that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” Everything He wants them to do can be summed up in this single command: “love one another, as I have loved you.”

Because we so often think of love as a feeling or as a natural outgrowth of emotion of personal attachment, we might find it odd that Jesus makes “love” a “command”. According to the Bible Exposition Commentary, “You must keep in mind that Christian love is not basically a ‘feeling’; it is an act of the will. The proof of our love is not in our feelings but in our actions, even to the extent of laying down our lives for Christ and for one another. Jesus laid down His life for both His friends and His enemies! While the emotions are certainly involved, real Christian love is an act of the will. It means treating others the way God treats us.’

Jesus says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus loved us to the greatest extent to which it is possible to love someone. No one can go beyond death with love. But Jesus went that far. You would be hard pressed to find someone willing to die for love. But Jesus went that far and beyond. He loved us, not simply as poor, rebellious sinners — not as a charity case in need of divine intervention — but as friends. That is how He saw us. That is the only way He could see us and be willing to die for us — as long-lost friends who needed to be reunited with the Father.

And that is how we are commanded to see our brothers and sisters in Christ and our lost brothers and sisters in the world — as friends worthy of Christ’s saving. You might find it difficult to love certain people in your life. But you must lay your feelings and emotions aside and remember that love is a command. It is no longer just dependent on you, but on the Christ in you. On top of that, your friendship status with Jesus is on the line. Jesus said, “Ye are my friends, if — IF — ye do whatsoever I command you.”

Eternal life and eternal love is the vision of the future expressed in Scripture. Christians are called to exemplify it in our lives here and now. As John Fawcett wrote:

Blest be the tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love;
the fellowship of kindred minds
is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne
we pour our ardent prayers;
our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
our comforts and our cares.

We share our mutual woes,
our mutual burdens bear,
and often for each other flows
the sympathizing tear.

From sorrow, toil, and pain,
and sin, we shall soon be free;
and perfect love and friendship reign
through all eternity.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, remember that He is the demonstration of God’s love toward you. God loved you enough to send His Son to the cross to die for you. Allow me to explain how you can receive Him as your Savior today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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