The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Infamous Betrayal in History, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 297)

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TEXT: John 18:7-13:
7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.

8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:

9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.

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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 296.

J.C. Ryle said, “If Christ had not gone to the cross and suffered in our stead, the just for the unjust, there would not have been a spark of hope for us. There would have been a mighty gulf between ourselves and God, which no man ever could have passed.”

In our last message, we saw how Jesus, as He faced betrayal and arrest, was concerned about the well-being of His disciples. He wanted to make sure that they were not harmed or arrested that night, that they got away safely.

But sometimes, while you are worrying about your enemies, you have to also be concerned about the people who are on your side. We see in this narrative that, while Jesus was arranging safe passage for the disciples, Peter had awakened enough from his slumber to realize what was going on. And when he did, he jumped into action. “Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.”

Peter had previously told Jesus that he would never leave Him and that he would die for Him if necessary. However, the whole point was for Jesus to die. That was the mission. Peter still hadn’t grasped that, or, at least, he hadn’t accepted it. So, when Peter lashed out with his sword and cut of the ear of the high priest’s servant, Jesus had to have a final teaching moment with him.

He said, “Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?” God had given His Son this sacred mission. The cup represented Jesus’ path to the cross. Jesus now held the cup in His hand. He could choose to drink or He could choose to dump its contents on the ground and walk away. Despite the armed men who had the backing of the Roman government, nobody was forcing Jesus to go to the cross. He did it willingly.

Though no battle was fought in the Garden of Gethsemane, it was indeed a battlefield with spiritual forces contending in that place. Judas, spurred by Satan, brought an army to arrest the Son of God. Peter, of whom Jesus had said, “Get thee behind me, Satan,” when he suggested that Jesus not go to Jerusalem to die, now acted on his suggestion to prevent Jesus from being taken by force. And, the Lord Himself was there — the only One with any real power — but He declined to use it to save Himself, deciding instead to submit to the Father’s plan.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “In the Garden that night, you would find both guilt and grace. Peter was guilty of resisting God’s will. Judas was guilty of the basest kind of treachery. The mob was guilty of rejecting the Son of God and treating Him as though He were the lowest kind of criminal. But Jesus was gracious! He went into the Garden of Gethsemane surrendered to the Father’s will. He healed Malchus’ ear. He protected His disciples. He yielded Himself into the hands of sinners that He might suffer and die for us.”

Surely, such a sacrifice demands a response from all of us.

Fanny Crosby wrote:

O soul, from Calvary’s cross
A voice is calling thee,
The voice of Him who died
To make you free.

They nailed Him to the cross,
With thorns they pierced His brow,
O come in faith alone,
And trust Him now.

He died, but lives again;
O blessed truth divine!
Through Him eternal joy
May yet be thine!

He gave His life for thee,
He gave His life for me,
And still in patient love,
He pleads now with thee.

Dear friend, Jesus gave His life for you. But you have to make the decision to give your life to Him by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin. 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 Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Infamous Betrayal in History, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 296)

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TEXT: John 18:1-9:

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.

6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.

8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:

9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

———-

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 296.

R.G. Lee said, “The only way I know for any man or woman on Earth to escape the sinner’s payday on Earth and the sinner’s Hell beyond — making sure of the Christian’s payday on Earth and the Christian’s heaven beyond — is through Christ Jesus, who took the sinner’s place upon the Cross, becoming, for all sinners, all that God must judge, that sinners through faith in Christ Jesus might become all that God cannot judge.”

When Judas and his band of armed men and religious leaders arrive in the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest Jesus, Jesus surprises them by His straightforward identification of Himself. Judas was likely surprised because he would have remembered all of the times the Jewish leaders had tried to have Jesus arrested, but Jesus had simply removed Himself from the scene, explaining, “My time has not yet come.”

Expecting such a reaction, Judas had calculated to arrest Jesus at a time when He and His disciples were isolated and alone, when there were not any crowds around which would make it easy for Jesus to slip away unnoticed. However, they did not find Jesus trying to escape them; rather, He stepped out to meet them as they approached.

It was judas and his crowd, instead of Jesus, who was shocked and surprised.

When Jesus declared, “I am He,” those who had come to arrest Him staggered backward and fell to the ground. While this act demonstrated Jesus’ power even in this situation, it also had a practical effect — it prevented the armed men from seizing the disciples. When the soldiers had recovered from their shock, Jesus said, “Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way.”

It is likely that the Roman soldiers in the company would not have recognized Jesus, which was why Judas had arranged a sign by which they would know who to arrest. But Jesus made it clear that He did not want any harm to come to His disciples. He made sure that none of them were arrested along with Him or by accident in His place. By declaring, “I am He,” He made it plain that He would be the only one taken that night. He commanded that the disciples be allowed to leave in peace. In so doing, He fulfilled the prophecy that none of those who belonged to Him would be lost along the way.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary said, “As the Good Shepherd, Jesus laid down His life for the sheep. His protection of the apostles was a perfect illustration of His substitutionary atonement. He died not only for them, but instead of them.”

What Jesus did for His disciples in that moment — shielding them from the wrath that was about to fall on Him — He did for everyone who believes in Him for all eternity. He shielded us from God’s wrath. He ensured that we did not have to experience eternal judgment. He took our place in the courtroom, bore our sentence of death, and suffered the punishment of our sins. He was arrested that night that we might go free for all eternity.

Ruth Hukill wrote:

There was a man more than a man
Called Jesus Christ of Galilee
There was a place where Jesus prayed
A place that’s called Gethsemane

There on a hill called Calvary
There stood a cross of agony
Nailed to that cross where I should be
He took my place at Calvary

And when I ask how could it be
That He could care so much for me
The answer comes so tenderly
He took my place on Calvary

Dear friend, Jesus took your place on Calvary too. But you have to make the decision to take your place beneath the blood-stained banner by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin. 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 Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Greatest Betrayal in History, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 295)

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TEXT: John 18:1-6:

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.

6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

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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 295.

Henry Morris said, “The soldiers had come out secretly to arrest a fleeing peasant. In the gloom, they find themselves confronted by a commanding figure, who so far from running away comes out to meet them and speaks to them in the very language of deity.”

After one of the longest of Jesus’ discourses recorded in the Gospels, we return to the “action” part of the story. Jesus, having left the Passover meal with his disciples, goes to the Garden of Gethsemane — a place that He and His disciples frequented when they were in Jerusalem for religious observances. To get there, they had to cross the brook Cedron. Interestingly, hundreds of years before, as one of Jesus’ earthly ancestors — King David — was crossing this very same brook, he learned that one of his most trusted advisors had betrayed him and joined the cause of his rebel son Absalom.

John skips over the retelling of Jesus’ agonizing prayer in the Garden and dives right into the betrayal of Judas Iscariot. He informs us that Judas “knew the place”, and that, by this time, he had “received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.”

That night, Jesus was not surprised to see the torchlight of a band of men moving toward him in the Garden. He was not surprised that one of His own, one described in Old Testament prophecy as a “trusted friend”, was the leader of this band. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck remind us in The Bible Knowledge Commentary that “‘The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.’ So it is not surprising that Judas betrayed Jesus for money. Judas was not an unusual monster but a common man caught in a common sin (greed) which Satan used to accomplish his purpose. Judas knew the habits of Jesus, and his deed stands out in black contrast with Jesus’ unselfish love.”

Always one to cut to the chase, Jesus is the first to speak in this narrative. He goes forth and addresses those come to arrest Him, saying, “Whom seek ye?” “They answer him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he.” The text continues, “As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.”

There was something powerful about Jesus stepping up and identifying Himself in front of this group of armed men (which some believe numbered over 600). His words, “I am he” — both a declaration of His divinity and a statement of identification — was so powerful that His would-be captors staggered backward and fell to the ground in amazement. “You have come to arrest God? I am He.” Surely, they were expecting some kind of violence, some kind of fight from the man who dared to defy the religious rulers in the Temple, their own seat of power. But Jesus offered none.

He could have faded back into the shadows of the night, and left the scene undetected. But He didn’t. He stepped forward because of us — because He knew that, if we would have any chance at being saved, it would be because of what He did that night. He stepped up because He knew no one else would or could. He stepped up because He loved His Father who had sent Him into the world for this purpose. He stepped up because He loved His disciples and He had promised them that He would always be there for them. He stepped up because there was no other way the world could be saved. Jesus stepped for you and me.

Ken Bible wrote:

A garden in the night,
A soul in tortured prayer;
Engulfed in sorrow all alone,
Our Savior struggles there.

He knows His hour has come
To bear the price of love.
He reaches out, His spirit drowned
In agony and blood.

“My Father, let it pass,
This darkness now begun.
But here I am, Your sacrifice,
So let Your will be done.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 209)

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TEXT: John 13:21-30

21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.

23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.

25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?

26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.

29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.

30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

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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 209.

J.C. Ryle said, “A man may preach from false motives. A man may write books, and make fine speeches, and seem diligent in good works, and yet be a Judas Iscariot.”

In our passage for today, we come to what has been called by some the most terrible statement in the Bible. After Jesus states plainly that He will be betrayed by one of His own, Peter gets John to ask Jesus directly who it is. Jesus identifies Judas by giving him a sop — bread or meat dipped in gravy — in the manner in which a host might give to an honored guest. John, who emphasized the love of Christ more than any of the other Gospel writers, must have been confused by what is clearly a mixed signal: an act of friendship to identify a betrayer.

We read that “after the sop Satan entered into” Judas. Judas had previously conspired with the Jewish religious leaders to betray Jesus, and now Satan took hold of him, using him as a tool to carry out the evil plan. The only reason why Satan entered into Judas is because Judas allowed it. Judas could have said, ‘No,’ but he didn’t. Alexander MacLaren said, “Two things appealed to Judas at this moment: one, the conviction that he was discovered; the other, the wonderful assurance that he was still loved, for the gift of the morsel was a token of friendliness. He shut his heart against them both; and as he shut his heart against Christ he opened it to the devil.”

Jesus, who knew all things, knew that Satan had entered into Judas’ heart at that moment. And, Jesus said to him, “That thou doest, do quickly.” From Matthew’s Gospel, we know that Judas knew that Jesus knew what he was about to do. As the disciples were wondering among themselves who the betrayer would be, Judas quietly asked Jesus, “Master, is it I?” And Jesus responded by saying, “Thou hast said.” Perhaps, the reason why Jesus told Judas to act quickly is because He knew, at last, that all hope for him to change his course was gone.

While Jesus knew what Judas was planning, Judas still had the other disciples fooled. We read in the next verse, “Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.” The disciples thought Judas was going to do something good, but they were sorely mistaken.

In the beginning of the movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, the city of London is bombed and Starfleet Headquarters is attacked, prompting the crew of the Starship Enterprise to rush off on a mission to find the perpetrator. Following what they believe are accurate clues, they travel to a distant planet only to discover that the real enemy — their own commander in chief — is back on Earth, plotting to start a war between Earth and a race from another planet. As the crew of the Enterprise rushes back to confront the commander, they discover that he has sabotaged their ship by placing torpedoes on it, intending for them all to be killed in space. A person they thought they could trust and rely on, someone they thought was one of the “good guys”, turned out to be the one trying to take them down.

When Judas left the upper room, the disciples thought he was still one of the good guys. But, by this time, with Satan in his heart, he was too far gone to turn back. The Bible says, “He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.” You can imagine Judas leaving behind the brightly lit room where they were eating supper with the Light of the World, and stepping out into the gathering gloom, with darkness in the sky and darkness in the heart.

Dear friend, you may never imagine yourself doing anything as hideous as Judas did 2,000 years ago. But, if you continue to reject Christ, you can become so hard-hearted that the loving gestures that God and Jesus offer to you have no effect on your soul. The longer you put off trusting Christ as Savior, the harder it will be for you to make that decision the next time around. One day, you may walk away from the light and into the darkness forever.

I urge you not to go down the same path that Judas walked. Trust Christ as your Savior today by, first, accepting the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please 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.

Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 208)

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TEXT: John 13:21-26

21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.

23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.

25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?

26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

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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 208.

Thomas Watson said, “O saints, let your thoughts dwell upon the love of Christ, who passed by angels and thought of you; who was wounded so that, out of his wounds, the balm of Gilead might come to heal you; who leaped into the sea of his Father’s wrath to save you from drowning.”

Although He is God, Jesus was not above being affected emotionally by Judas’ betrayal. We read that, as a man, Jesus was “troubled in his spirit” by this prospect. The word translated as ‘troubled’ is ‘tarasso’; it means “to agitate, to cause inward commotion, to take away calmness of mind, to render anxious or distressed.” Imagine how you would feel if you found out that someone you had known and loved for years, someone you considered to be a friend, was secretly plotting your downfall. You, too, would be troubled.

Speaking out of this troubled spirit, Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” Immediately, the disciples looked around at each other wondering who it could be among them. They were still recovering from the shock of Jesus washing their feet, and now they are hit with another astounding piece of information. One of them — one of the twelve sitting around that table — would betray Jesus. Perhaps they thought that this betrayal would happen by accident — that one of them would slip up in a vulnerable moment. But they never imagined that one of their own would deliberately turn against Jesus.

The Bible says that, in the midst of this commotion, “Simon Peter therefore beckoned to [John, who was sitting beside Jesus], that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.” Peter, as usual, wanted to get to the bottom line. “Who is it? Tell us his name.” The disciples wanted to deal with the traitor in their midst right then and there. Luke tells us that, after Jesus revealed that He would be betrayed, one of the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, behold, here are two swords.” We know that Peter was one of the two who had a sword, and he was not above using it. (In the Garden of Gethsemane, when Judas and the Jewish authorities came to arrest Jesus, the other disciple asked, “Lord, shall we smite with the sword?” But Peter did not ask.)

So Peter signals to John to ask Jesus for the identity of the traitor. He did, and “Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.” A sop was a piece of bread dipped in gravy which the host at a dinner gave to an honored guest. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “Giving the morsel to Judas was an uncaught sign of recognition to John, but it was also the Lord’s final extension of grace to Judas. A host giving a morsel of bread to a guest was a sign of friendship. How ironic that Jesus’ act of friendship to Judas signaled Judas’ betrayal of friendship.”

Sometimes, we think that people are against us or out for our downfall and, with no real proof, we begin to treat that person with suspicion, wariness, and a negative attitude. Jesus, however, although He knew that Judas would betray Him, continued to show love and kindness. In fact, as the clock was winding down, it seems as though Jesus treated him with more grace than was warranted, even to the point of not revealing him before the rest of the disciples and repeatedly giving him a chance to repent. One commentator said, “When Jesus offers Judas a special morsel from the common dish, such as it was customary for a host to offer to an honoured guest, it is a mark of divine love which ever seeks to overcome evil with good.”

It is easy for us to look down our noses at Judas. We see him as the ultimate evil one in Scripture. But the truth of the matter is that, if we are not careful, we can easily end up being just as wicked. History has shown that the human race is capable of great and severe depravity. But an even greater truth is that Jesus shows the same grace, mercy, and love to us that He showed to Judas. He persistently calls us to repent of our sins, to turn to Him, to turn from darkness to light, from the power of Satan unto God.

As one hymn says…

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling—
Calling for you and for me;
Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching—
Watching for you and for me!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading—
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies—
Mercies for you and for me?

Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised—
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon—
Pardon for you and for me!

Jesus is calling. Jesus is waiting. Jesus is pleading with you to come to Him. He will wait until the last moment possible for you to be saved. Will you trust Him as Savior today?

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please 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.

Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 207)

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TEXT: John 13:16-20

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 207.

A.B. Simpson said, “Perils as well as privileges attend the higher Christian life. The nearer we come to God, the thicker the hosts of darkness in heavenly places.”

One of the questions that the Bible does not answer for us is: Why did Jesus wait until the very end before exposing Judas? At any time throughout His ministry, Jesus could have pulled back the covers, revealing Judas to be an unbeliever. Leading up to this final week, He could have called out Judas as the enemy that he was. While we may never know the answer to this question with any certainty, what we do know is that, for the sake of the other disciples, Jesus brought some good out of Judas’ betrayal.

Jesus said in verse 19, “Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.” The disciples could not imagine that one of their own would betray Jesus. (In a few verses, we find that when Jesus states this fact plainly — “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me” — the disciples react with shocked and doubtful speculation among themselves, asking Jesus, “Is it I, Lord? Is it I?”) But Jesus, after quoting from David’s writings, predicts this betrayal and says that when it happens, the disciples ought to see it as more evidence that He is who He says He is. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state, “The fact that Jesus knew all this in advance before it happened, and that it fit the Scriptures helped the disciples after the fact to believe that God had sent Jesus.”

Judas’ betrayal could have been a catalyst that caused so much doubt and dismay among the disciples that they each eventually lost the faith that they had. Imagine the eleven being in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus, and the thing that Jesus has been talking about all along — how He would be arrested and put to death — begins to happen. And, leading the pack of Jesus’ enemies is one of their fellow disciples, one of the ones whom Jesus had called to follow Him. Judas’ betrayal probably contributed to the fact that the rest of the disciples scattered — not just away from Jesus, but away from each other — when Jesus was arrested. It cast a shadow over the rest of the disciples: If they had no idea that Judas would betray them, who else among them could be a secret enemy?

Knowing that this was about to happen, Jesus took care to direct His disciples’ thoughts back to Him. Even though they would be shocked at this event, Jesus encouraged them to remember that He, being God, knew all things.

Then, Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” By betraying Jesus, Judas was not only rejecting the place that Jesus had given him among the disciples, but he was also turning his back on God. Jesus had given a similar rule to the unbelieving Jews — that by rejecting Him, the one whom God had sent, they were rejecting God.

This statement was a reminder to the disciples and to Judas that, in the end, Judas would not win. God’s plan would be carried out. The work of Jesus would continue. And the disciples would be sent out to take the Gospel to the world.

When God sets out to do something in the world, we can rest assured that it will be done. No matter the opposition that He and His true followers face, God’s purposes will be accomplished and He will turn every bad situation around for His glory and for the good of His children. The only ones who lost out here were the devil, Judas, and the Jewish authorities that he collaborated with.

Although the disciples might have been distressed temporarily, they would recover and would find that their faith in God was strengthened for it.
Listen to this poem by C.C. Bratcher:

When trouble and sorrow come your way,
And you do not understand,
Just remember there’s a brighter day…
In God’s great eternal plan.
To everything there is a season –
It’s all under His control;
Whatever God does is best, my friend…
He’s the Keeper of our soul.

All things are right on His schedule,
He is working His great plan,
Drawing us closer to His side…
Strengthening the inner man.
Yes, everything has a purpose –
Every trial, every test;
We can always rest assured, my friend…
Whatever God Does is Best!

God does not want you to end up like Judas and to miss out on eternal blessings by rejecting Jesus Christ. If you are ready to get your heart right with God by trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour,

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please 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.

Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 206)

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TEXT: John 13:16-20

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 205.

Andrew Murray said, “May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God’s presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love.”

Our passage for today returns us to the wicked person of Judas Iscariot. John began this chapter with the striking contrast of Jesus whose heart was filled with love for His disciples and Judas whose heart was filled with the devil’s plans. The contrast was likely even more striking to the writer because scholars have derived from this text that it was John and Judas sitting on either side of Jesus at the supper.

Notice these words from Dr. Warren Wiersbe: “A dark shadow now fell across the scene as Jesus dealt with Judas, the traitor. It is important to note that Judas was not a true believer; he was a hypocrite. He had never believed in Jesus, he had not been bathed all over, and he had never been born again. How close a person can come to salvation and yet be lost forever! Judas was even the treasurer of the group and was certainly held in high regard by his fellow disciples.”

Jesus had just finished telling the disciples about what it meant to be a servant like Him and the blessings that would come from their humble service and sincere obedience. However, one of the disciples would not experience these rewards. Jesus said, “I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.”

Jesus knew that there was one among the disciples who would never be saved and learn true humility, who would never learn true holiness, who would never learn true servanthood. And, thus, he would never receive the happiness promised to Jesus’ servants.

This person, Judas, is likened to the person David spoke of when he lamented, “He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.” For David, this person was likely Ahithopel, one of his close advisers, who joined Absalom’s rebellion against his father. In the ancient near east, and even in the middle east today, it is a sign of disrespect to show the bottom of your feet or the bottom of your shoes to anyone. When people sit on the ground or on the floor for a meal or a meeting, they are careful to tuck their feet under them so as not to accidentally offend someone else. (It is interesting to note that both Ahithopel and Judas hung themselves after their acts of betrayal.)

Judas was now eating with Jesus, but he would go out into darkness to betray Jesus. At the time, the rest of the disciples did not know that Judas was the one whom Jesus spoke of. But Jesus knew: He said, “I know whom I have chosen.” Even though Jesus had chosen Judas as one of the twelve, He knew full well what Judas would do in the end. He knew that, even now, Judas was not saved and would not be saved. This, of course, had no bearing on Judas’ actions. He was a free moral agent who chose his own path. He chose to leave the light of Christ and the Gospel and to embrace the darkness of sin.

The warning that we must take from this is that outward appearances can be deceiving. Judas looked the part of a faithful disciple. He even had a position of leadership and responsibility as the treasurer among the disciples. Scholars believe that none of the other disciples had any idea that Judas would betray Jesus.

Someone can sit in the church, serve in the church, and even lead in the church — for decades, and yet not be truly saved. Someone can pray, read the Bible, and serve others, and yet not be truly saved. Someone can appear to be holy, righteous, a Christian, and yet not be truly saved. Someone can be near the light of Christ and still choose darkness.

Others might be fooled, but not Jesus. He looks on the heart. He knows those who are truly His.

This poem by Jamie Turner reminds us of this important truth:

Our God measures man by His standard divine,
For He sees underneath every outward design.
He looks past possessions and costly attire;
He studies the heart, every thought and desire.

Our God does not judge by how tall we may stand,
Or how much we possess, or the rank we command.
His gaze goes far deeper to things that endure;
He honors the man who keeps his heart pure.

For the eyes of the Lord are searching to and fro,
We have no secrets that our God does not know.
Our Father knows our thoughts, He understands every part.
Man sees the outside, but God sees the heart.

If you are ready to get your heart right with God by trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour, 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.

The Epic Love of Jesus Christ, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 197)


TEXT: John 13:1-3

1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;

3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to 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 197.

Robert L. Deffinbaugh said, “What a comfort to the Christian, knowing that our Lord’s love is constant and unchanging, knowing that He chose to love us — and to keep on loving us — purely out of His grace, and not based upon our performance. Jesus loved His own; He loved them to the ‘end’ — to the uttermost degree.”

In our last message, we discussed the immeasurable love of Jesus Christ for His disciples which remained even in the face of His own death. Today we see that it remained not only in the face of death, but in the face of betrayal. Verse 2 reads, “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray [Jesus]…”

The term “supper being ended” means that the serving of the supper was complete. Jesus and His disciples were still eating as is indicated in the following verses. Jesus was eating dinner with the man who would turn Him in to the religious authorities in a few hours. Imagine: Jesus with His heart full of God’s pure love reclining across the table from Judas, his heart full of the darkness of Satan.

Writing prophetically, David (who knew something of being betrayed by someone very close to him) described the sentiment of this moment. He said in Psalm 55:12-14, “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.” Jesus had hand-picked Judas to be His disciple. He had been with Jesus through three years of training and service. With all of the people who hated Jesus and were out to get Him, one would think that the devil would certainly have his pick of people he could influence to get to Jesus. But, he chose Judas, someone on the inside, and he put into his heart the thought and desire to betray Jesus.

Did Jesus know what was going on in Judas’ heart? Of course He did. Jesus knew all things. Yet the fact that we see Jesus sitting down to supper with His betrayer gives us a direct example of John’s words that Jesus loved each of His disciples to the very end. To the very end, Jesus wanted to save Judas from perdition and destruction. He showed Him the same love and kindness as He showed the other disciples. (In a few verses, we will see that Jesus washed all their feet.) Hampton Keathley IV said, “The presence of evil did not hinder love. This evil was directed at Christ, but we see that He did not react to Judas. He continued with His attitude and actions of love and service.”

Ultimately, Judas had to make his own decision. He rejected Christ’s love and chose the devil’s path.

Today, every person on the planet is confronted with the same unwavering love of Jesus. Jesus does not force us to believe in Him. He does not force us to choose life over death, salvation over damnation, happiness and Heaven over the horrors of Hell. He just keeps on loving us to the very end. God will not torture you into His kingdom. He will not drag you somewhere you do not want to go. If you refuse to accept Jesus’ love and refuse to trust Him as your Savior, you will, like Judas, be lost forever in perdition and Hell.

Today is the day for you to respond to Jesus’ epic love for you — a love that continues in the face of death, in the face of betrayal, in the face of rejection, in the face of the sin of the world. Here is how you can receive Jesus’ love and trust Him as your Lord and Savior today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please 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.

“There’s Always a Devil in the Corner at Your Party” — Jesus, His Friends, and Lessons at the Dinner Table, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 175)

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TEXT: John 12:1-8

1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,

5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

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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 175.

Matthew Henry said, “In Judas a foul sin is gilded over with a plausible pretence. We must not think that those do not do acceptable service, who do it not in our way.”

This story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume and Judas’ objection to this display of devotion is one of the few that is recorded in all four Gospels. As such, Matthew, Mark, and Luke share several details that provide us a fuller view of this passage.

The first thing we notice is that the house this feast is being held in belongs to a Pharisee named Simon. Luke 7:26 reads, “One of the Pharisees desired Jesus that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.” This Pharisee is referred to as Simon the Leper, and it is likely that he is one of the many people who were healed by Jesus throughout His ministry. He obviously was not in 100% agreement with his peers on who Jesus was. Like Nicodemus, he was probably a secret believer who kept his true feelings about Jesus to himself.

The second detail that we are given is a little background information on Mary. There were at least three women named Mary involved in the life of Jesus and in the early church. This particular Mary, the sister of Martha, was known as “a sinner.” Some scholars say she was a prostitute; others say she was the Mary out of whom Jesus had cast seven devils. Some believe that these two conditions describe the same Mary. Some believe this was another Mary altogether. Whatever the case, her sin was apparently very great and very public as many people seemed to know about it. This reminds us that no one is too sinful or too far gone to approach Jesus Christ. In fact, in Luke 7, just prior to this dinner, Jesus describes Himself as “a friend of publicans and sinners.”

The third detail that we are given is that Judas was not the only one to express disagreement with Mary’s actions. He was the ringleader and was the first and the most vocal. Mark adds, “There were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?… And they murmured against her.” Matthew specifically points out the disciples as having “indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?”

This scene is a contrast between the sinner and the self-righteous. Mary, who has known great sin has also known the great forgiveness of the Savior. Whereas those who were supposed to be righteous (such as the Pharisee Simon, Judas, and the other disciples) apparently did not understand the level of gratitude that Mary felt for the grace and mercy of God because they had not experienced it as deeply as she had. As John Newton, the writer of “Amazing Grace” put it, “I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”

In his lengthy rebuke of Simon, which is recorded in Luke, Jesus told a story about a lender who had forgiven two debtors of their debts. One owed a very large amount and the other owed a very small amount. Jesus asked Simon, “Tell me therefore, which of them will love the lender the most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.” Then the Bible records that Jesus turned to Mary and said, “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven…” Jesus can and will forgive any number of sins no matter how big and bad we think they are.

The fourth thing that we learn from this event is that this rebuke by Jesus was apparently the breaking point for Judas. Both Matthew and Mark record that immediately after this dinner, Judas went to the chief priests and agreed to have Jesus turned over to them. Mark 14:10 reads, “And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.” Matthew writes, “[He] said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.”

Unlike others of God’s servants in the Bible, Judas did not accept the rebuke that Jesus gave him. He did not repent and receive the forgiveness that Mary had received. He continued on the path of sin darkness, ultimately betraying and rejecting Jesus Christ forever.

Jesus wants to forgive you of your sins. He does not want you to perish in Hell like Judas perished, but to experience the transforming power of new life in Him as Mary did.

If you want to receive Him today, please understand that John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please 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.

“There’s Always a Devil in the Corner at Your Party” — Jesus, His Friends, and Lessons at the Dinner Table, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 174)

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TEXT: John 12:1-8

1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,

5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

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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 174.

David Brainerd said, “We should always look upon ourselves as God’s servants, placed in God’s world, to do his work; and accordingly labour faithfully for him; not with a design to grow rich and great, but to glorify God, and do all the good we possibly can.”

As Mary is washing Jesus’ feet and drying them with her hair, Judas Iscariot expresses his wicked heart that this use of expensive ointment is a waste. He tries to couch his disapproval in spiritual terms by stating that the perfume Mary is using on Jesus’ feet could have been sold and the money could have been given to the poor. But, John informs us that he only says this because he managed the money for Jesus and the disciples and he frequently stole some of the money and kept it for himself.

Please notice with me what Dr. Warren Wiersbe says about this pivotal passage in the Word of God, “It was Judas who started the criticism of Mary, and, sad to say, the other disciples took it up. They did not know that Judas was a devil, and they admired him for his concern for the poor. After all, he was the treasurer; and especially at Passover season, he would want to share with those who were less fortunate. This passage records Judas’ first words found anywhere in the four Gospels. His last words are found in Matthew 27:4, ‘Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.’ No doubt Judas had already decided to abandon Jesus, and he wanted to get what he could out of what he considered a bad situation. Perhaps he had hoped that Jesus would defeat Rome and set up the kingdom; in which case, Judas would have been treasurer of the kingdom! What Mary did was a blessing to Jesus and a blessing to her own life. She was also a blessing to the home, filling it with fragrance; and today, she is a blessing to the church around the world. Her one act of devotion in the little village of Bethany still sends ‘ripples of blessing.’ But not so Judas! We call our daughters ‘Mary,’ but no parent would name his son ‘Judas.’ His very name is listed in the dictionary as a synonym for treachery. Mary and Judas are seen in contrast in Proverbs 10:7, ‘The memory of the just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot.'”

Jesus rebuked Judas, telling him to leave Mary alone, “against the day of my burying hath she kept this.” It was wrong for Judas to try and put a price on Mary’s love and devotion to the Lord. He thought no one knew the kind of person he really was, but his words in this passage reveal the evil in his heart.

Too many Christians, like Judas, are eager to criticize the ministry or service of another believer when all the while they are not engaged in any ministry or service themselves. In fact, they are trying to tear down the ministry that others are building up.

Jesus’ rebuke of Judas tells us that we ought not to judge how others serve Him. Mary was worshiping Jesus in the greatest way that she knew how (just as Martha was equally worshipping Jesus through her service in the kitchen). No other person in that room or outside of that room would have thought of doing what Mary did. We must remember that God does not look on the outward appearance; He looks on the heart. When a widow brought just two pennies — all she had — to the Temple offering Jesus declared that she had given more than all the wealthy religious leaders who gave out of their abundance. In the church, more of us ought to take Paul’s advice and not “judge another man’s servant”.

But Jesus is not finished rebuking Judas. He continues: ‘For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.’ Essentially, He was saying, ‘Judas, when I’m gone, let’s see how much money you’re willing to give to the poor then.’ It is easy for people to talk a big spiritual game when the Savior is in the house or when there are a bunch of church people around. But, when you go out into the world, where you think no one is watching you, are you still big on giving to the poor? Are you still big on evangelizing? Are you still big on living right?

All of those ‘religious duty’ issues will be taken care of if we have a heart full of love and devotion for Jesus like Mary did. Will you become a devoted disciple of Christ as Mary did?

If your answer is yes, you can begin your journey by receiving Christ as your Savior today. Here is how:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please 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.