Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 17 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 153)

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TEXT: John 10:34-42

34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.

41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

42 And many believed on him there.

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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 153.

Timothy Keller said, “When Jesus looked down from the cross, he didn’t think, ‘I am giving myself to you because you are so attractive to me.’ No, he was in agony, and he looked down at us — denying him, abandoning him, and betraying him — and in the greatest act of love in history, he STAYED. He loved us, not because we were lovely to him, but to make us lovely.”

In our last message, we saw how Jesus offered an explanation for His claims to divinity by means of a theological argument based upon the old testament. He pointed out how that it was not blasphemous for Him to claim divinity since God the Father had applied the term “gods” to other beings of far less stature. So for Jesus to actually be the Son of God as He had been claiming should not be so far-fetched for them to believe. Yet the Jews still wanted Jesus to prove that He was God’s Son.

Jesus gave them a way to prove this — by looking at His works. He said, “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.”

A lot of people claim that they are something that they are not. Jesus encourages the Jews to not only listen to His words, but to look at what He has done. He says, ‘If I don’t do the work of God, then don’t believe Me. But if I do the work of God then you should believe — not because you have listened to my words, but because you have seen my works.’ Jesus was a ‘show and tell’ preacher. He didn’t just talk a good game, but He demonstrated what He taught. He lived according to the principles that He told others to live by. No one could ever accuse Jesus of being a hypocrite. Even a secular ruler, after four trials, and with his principality on the brink of an uprising, said of Jesus, ‘I find in Him no fault at all.’

At this point, it seems as though Jesus is pleading with them to believe for their own sakes. In the New Testament, faith and belief based on nothing except the word and character of God is greatly encouraged. But in this passage Jesus is opening the door for them to believe based on tangible evidence. Since their lack of belief is so deep, He is giving them a rope to hold onto when they jump. He says, “Believe the works that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.” In other words, ‘Even if you don’t want to believe my words, at least believe what you can see with your own eyes.’

But they did not want to do that. The Bible reads: “Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand.” We are not told how Jesus escaped, but He went back across the Jordan River to the place where John began his ministry of baptism and preaching. There, the Bible says, many people “resorted unto him.” They realized that, although John had worked no miracles, everything he had said about Jesus was true. “And many believed on him there.”

Here is how you can believe on Him wherever you are today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 16 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 152)

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TEXT: John 10:27-33

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

30 I and my Father are one.

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself 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 151.

George Whitefield said, “Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.”

In this passage, we see that, with the power of His words, Jesus has forced the Jewish religious leaders into a standoff in the debate over His divinity. They want to stone Him because He says that He is God and they consider that the worst sin a person can commit. However, even in the face of death, Jesus does not back down from this claim, and that is baffling to them. Remember that Jesus is surrounded by people, many of them holding stones ready to throw. This is not the first time He has been in such circumstances. How does He get out of this situation?

Jesus turns one of the Jews’ favorite tricks back on them. He draws them into a theological argument — something which they were always trying to do to Him. Jesus asks, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, Ye are gods?'”

Such a question might make us nervous — and rightfully so. We wouldn’t think of calling ourselves gods, so what is Jesus referring to? This statement comes from the Old Testament in Psalm 82 which begins, “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.” In the passage, God goes on to say, “Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” The Hebrew word used is “elohim”, the same word used to refer to God the Creator.

Obviously, such as passage has given rise to much debate. Is God calling human beings gods? Modern scholars tell us that God is referring to human judges to whom He has given His law. Psalm 82 is God’s rebuke of these Hebrew judges (“gods”) for their failure to judge righteously in the Earth. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, edited by John Walvoord and Roy Zuck, states, “Psalm 82 speaks of God as the true Judge and of men, appointed as judges, who were failing to provide true judgment for God. ‘gods’ in Psalm 82 refers to these human judges. In this sense, God said to the Jews, You are gods. In no way does this speak of a divine nature in man.”

That being said, we return to Jesus’ argument. He says, “If he [God] called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?”

Jesus is pointing out that God called these lesser beings, be they human or angelic, “gods”, and that He counted them worthy enough to give them His Word to carry out in the Earth. Since that is the case, how can it be wrong for Jesus — who is the very Word of God sent from God — to be called God, or at least “the Son of God”? With this argument, Jesus puts the Jews in a theological bind. If they persisted in trying to stone Jesus, they would essentially be saying that the Scriptures, which they so revered, somehow contained errors — a fact Jesus reminded them of when He said, “scripture cannot be broken.” Yet, if they did not stone Jesus, they would be acknowledging (though they might not admit it) that Jesus was right and that Scripture was on His side.

Of course, for the Jews, this did not solve the question of Jesus’ divinity. As Henry Alford said, “The deeper aim of this argument is to show them that the idea of man and God being one was not alien from their Old Testament scriptures, but set forth therein types and shadows of Him, the real God-Man.”

The Jews were accusing Jesus of being a man trying to raise Himself up to the level of God, when in reality the opposite was true. Jesus is God who lowered Himself to the level of man so that He could raise all men up into a union with God. Those who remained stubborn in their disbelief missed out on this wonderful truth. But you don’t have to be in that number. You can join those who have a spiritual union with God today through Christ and who will one day be united with God in Heaven.

Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 15 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 151)

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TEXT: John 10:27-33

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

30 I and my Father are one.

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

———-

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 151.

Billy Sunday said, “Conversion is a complete surrender to Jesus. It’s a willingness to do what he wants you to do.”

In our last message, we left off talking about Jesus’ promise that no one can snatch believers out of His hand of protection and preservation. In the same vein, Jesus said that God Himself will protect and preserve us. Jesus ended that explanation by saying, “I and my Father are one.”

By this time, the Jews knew that when Jesus referred to His “Father” He was talking about God. They knew that to claim God as one’s Father was to claim divinity for one’s self — in essence, making one’s self a god or even equal to God. This was blasphemy in their eyes and deserving of death. The Bible reads, “Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.”

Unlike the last time when they tried to stone Him, Jesus doesn’t remove Himself from their presence. Instead, He gives them reason to pause with His words. “Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?” Jesus, of course, knows why they are stoning Him, but He wants them to be clear about it. “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”

Of course, Jesus was not making Himself (or pretending) to be God; He is God. Everything that He had done and said spoke to the divinity of His person and to His connection with God the Father. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, the Jews accused Him of several things that were not true. They said He was suicidal. They said He was demon-possessed. They said He was born illegitimately. They said He was a law-breaker. All of these things were not true. But Jesus never disputed them when they said that He was claiming to be God — because that is exactly what He was doing. Unlike some groups, such as Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses, who deny Jesus’ clear claims to divinity, the Jews knew what Jesus was doing. They simply did not want to accept it.

By asking them to clarify what they intended to stone Him for, Jesus allowed the Jews to draw a clear line that marked their unbelief. They effectively wrote their own sentence. They thought they were righteous already. They thought they could get to heaven on their own. They thought they didn’t need a mediator to place them in a right relationship with God, and they were willing to kill the only Mediator God had sent.

The Jews were looking for the Messiah to arrive. Now that He was present, they could not accept that He was more than they had bargained for. He was not just a God-empowered man, but God Himself. This belief in Jesus as God is a basic requirement of salvation. First John 4:15 says, “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” Because the Jews would not make this confession — that Jesus is the Son of God — they missed out on the blessings of salvation and being a member of Jesus’ flock.

Here is how you can believe on Jesus Christ for your salvation today so that eternal life in heaven with God is secure.

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.

Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 14 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 150)

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TEXT: John 10:25-30

25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

30 I and my Father are one.

———-

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 150.

F.F. Bruce said, “Physical life may be destroyed, but those who are united by faith to the Son of God, those who belong to the flock of the true Shepherd, can never lose real life, for he keeps it secure.”

In explaining to the unbelieving Jews why they continue to doubt Him, Jesus returns to the metaphor of sheep and their shepherd. He tells the unbelieving Jews that they are not of His sheep because they do not hear and obey His Word. He contrasts this with the mark of true sheep, saying, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…”

To hear Jesus’ voice is to listen to and obey what He says. This does not mean that the sheep are perfect or that they never make a mistake. What it does mean is that their life is not characterized by unbelief and disobedience. If a sheep wanders away from the fold, he will eventually respond to the voice of the Shepherd and return to the flock. This is why Jesus said, “I know them.” Others may not take note of Jesus’ flock, but Jesus knows which sheep belong to Him.

In the next verse, Jesus announces one of the benefits received by those who belong to His flock. He says, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Jesus’ sheep receive the gift of eternal life from their Shepherd. Here, He is speaking of eternal spiritual life — a perfect union of the sheep with their Shepherd and with God.

When the sheep are unified with God, it is impossible for them to perish. God is life, and those connected with Him have life forever. Unlike those who are not of Jesus’ flock, the sheep will not perish in Hell, but will enjoy their eternal life in the pastures of Heaven.

But, for now, the sheep must remain on this Earth where wolves and false shepherds prey. The devil and the world are opposed to the Great Shepherd and the Great Shepherd’s sheep. They will try to do everything in their power to ruin the sheep, to draw them back into the world, to make them ineffective in their walk with the Shepherd. But, Christ assures us that “neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Jesus is the one who is holding us, preserving us, sustaining us, and keeping us. As if that alone were not enough, Jesus adds, “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” Yes, the very hands that shaped the universe are holding every believer safe and secure right now today.

Those who are not of Jesus’s flock will miss out on eternal life and this eternal security, which gives hope and confidence not only for today but for the future.

Here is how you can believe on Jesus Christ for your salvation today so that eternal life in heaven with God is secure.

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.

Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 13 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 149)

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TEXT: John 10:22-28

22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

———-

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 149.

Adrian Rogers said, “I believe that a great number of people are going to die and go to hell because they’re counting on their religiosity in the church instead of their relationship with Jesus to get them to heaven. They give lip service to repentance and faith, but they’ve never been born again.”

Although Jesus avoided referring to Himself as the Messiah or as the King of the Jews, there were many times when He gave the Jews a reason to believe in Him. His actions and His words were a huge mountain of evidence that should have led to belief and faith in Him. But, for these religious Jews, it didn’t. Thus, He says, “I told you, and ye believed not…”

What were the things that Jesus had told them? Up until this point in the Gospel of John, Jesus had said the following:

– He said, ‘I am the one who came down from Heaven’
– He said, ‘Whoever believes in Me hath eternal life’
– He said, ‘I am the only begotten Son of God’
– He said, ‘The Father hath committed all judgment unto the Son’
– He said, ‘All should honor Me just as they honor God the Father’
– He said, ‘The [Hebrew] Scriptures all speak of Me’
– He said, ‘I always please God and never sin’
– He said, ‘Before Abraham was, I Am’
– He said, ‘I have the power to lay down my life and the power to take it up again.’
– He said, ‘I am the Bread of Life’
– He said, ‘I am the Light of the World’
– He said, ‘I am the Door’
– He said, ‘I am the Good Shepherd’

The Jews had heard all of these things from Jesus — sometimes more than once — yet, they still refused to believe. With these words, and Jesus’ spectacular miracles, one is led to ask, ‘What more does Jesus have to do?’ He has told them who He is; He has shown them who He is. Now, Jesus says, “But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.”

Jesus is not saying that these people are unable to believe, or that they are doomed to continue in their unbelief. He is simply pointing out that because they do not listen to Him and obey His words, they are classified as those that believe not. Unlike those who believe and strive to obey, they are not a part of Jesus’ flock. Jesus had previously condemned them as false shepherds — people who led others astray. Now, He condemns them as false sheep — people unwilling to believe and obey despite the evidence that has been presented to them.

If you do not believe in Jesus Christ, you will face the temptation of remaining stubborn in your unbelief. It is always easier to stay on the road that you are on than it is to make a decision for Christ. But, you must make a decision for Christ if you are to experience the blessings of being a member of His flock. Don’t hesitate to make that decision today.

Here is how you can believe on Jesus Christ for your salvation 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.”

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.

Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 148)

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TEXT: John 10:22-28

22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

———-

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 148.

Neal A Maxwell said, “I testify that Jesus is utterly incomparable in what He is, what He knows, what He has accomplished, and what He has experienced. Yet, movingly, He calls us His Friends.”

According to the Bible Knowledge Commentary, “The Feast of Dedication is nowadays called Hanukkah or the Feast of Lights. It commemorates the reconsecration of the temple by Judas Maccabeus in 165 B.C. after its desecration in 168 B.C. by Antiochus IV (Epiphanes). The time for the eight-day feast was in December. It was winter. The feast reminded the Jewish people of their last great deliverance from their enemies. Solomon’s Colonnade was a long covered walkway on the east side of the temple. Two months had elapsed since Jesus’ last confrontation with the Jews at the Feast of Tabernacles, which was in October. Now Jesus again returns to the temple area. The Jews, when they notice Him, gathered around Him. Actually they ‘closed in on Him.’ The hostile Jerusalem leaders were determined to pin Him down so they surrounded Him. His enigmatic sayings plagued them, and they wanted Him to declare Himself on their terms. ‘How long will You keep us in suspense?’ they asked. ‘Keep us in suspense’ is literally ‘hold up our soul.’ They insisted, If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

One of the interesting things we notice in the Gospels is that, out of all the people who came in contact with Jesus, it seems as though those who refused to believe in Him were also those who had the most questions. It was the non-believers who always seemed to be trying to figure Jesus out — to find out, in their minds, who He really was and what made Him tick.

So, after Jesus has spoken to the people on the matter of spiritual leadership using the metaphor of shepherds and their sheep, the people ask Jesus as he is walking through the Temple Complex during the winter season, “How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.”

Jesus responded, “I told you, and ye believed not…” Jesus had indeed been telling the people all along who He was. However, the people refused to accept the answer that He had been giving them because Jesus had not been using the words that they wanted to hear. They wanted to hear a man who told them that he was the “Messiah”, the King of the Jews, the Deliverer of the Children of Israel. They could sense that Jesus had the potential for these things, but He simply had not told them as much with His own mouth.

The Jews were adamant about this matter because, leading up to (and after) the time of Jesus’ ministry, the Jewish nation had witnessed the rise and fall of numerous would-be messiahs. One such person was Simon of Perea. According to Josephus, this man was a slave to Herod, however, he was “a comely person… tall and robust.” He was apparently much trusted by his masters for they committed “great things to his care.” This man got the idea that he could deliver his people from the Romans, so he put a crown on his head, declared himself a king, and began amassing a following. He started a military campaign against his former boss and burned down one of Herod’s palaces. Herod joined forces with the Romans, defeated Simon’s forces, and later Simon was captured and beheaded in 4 BC — the very same year it is believed that Jesus was born. Jewish history from this time period is replete with such stories.

Jesus, however, was not such a leader and He would not allow the Jews to push Him into being that kind of leader. He was not a rebel or revolutionary in the political sense. He did not try to gain a following by declaring Himself to be Messiah and King. He revealed Himself to people who were genuinely seeking spiritual truth, such as the Samaritan woman and Nicodemus. But for everyone else, He let his actions speak for Him: “the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.”

Since Jesus was the manifestation of God on Earth, Jesus’ actions were the actions of God. The people should have recognized that God was working in and through Jesus. The religious leaders should have been able to see the signs based on their studies of the Old Testament prophets. There was enough evidence before their eyes for them to make a decision regarding Jesus Christ. Instead, because Jesus was not the kind of leader they had been looking for, they continued to doubt and make excuses for their disbelief.

Will you choose to believe in Jesus for who He is — The Son of God? When you meet Him, you may find that He is not what you assumed Him to be nor what you think you want. But you will find that He is all you need, that He is the great Shepherd, that He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.

Here is how you can believe on Him today:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God is Still Working and So is Jesus, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 52)

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TEXT: John 5:18-21

18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

———-

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 therefore, and teach all nations” 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 52.

A.W. Tozer said, “If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”

The conflict between Jesus and the Jewish religious authorities continues almost from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry until its very end. There were many things these leaders did not like about Jesus, but the main thing they hated was that Jesus claimed to be God — or, as they would have said, claimed equality with God.

Jesus, for His part, never tried to convince them that He was God. He never tried to prove this to them or make them believe it. He let His works speak for themselves. Jesus claimed not only to be doing the work of God, but to be working with God. He called God “My Father”, stating plainly that He was IN UNION with God. This made the religious leaders hate Jesus all the more: He implicated God in what they saw as a crime — working on the Sabbath day.

We are reminded that God revealed Himself to man through His Son, Jesus Christ. Everything that Jesus did, God was doing. Jesus said, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” Jesus was and is the manifestation of God in the world. He was truly God in the flesh. This was something the Jewish religious leaders refused to accept.

Jesus goes on to say, “The Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.” We are often reminded of God’s love for the world which moved Him to sacrifice His Son. But the Bible also tells us of God’s love for Jesus. One of the things that is recorded in all four Gospels is the voice of God declaring, ‘This is my beloved Son.’ Because God loved His Son, He did not abandon Him once He was sent to Earth. He continuously showed Him all the things that He, the Father, was doing so that the Son could take part in those works. Their relationship was one of divine partnership. As time went on, the Father together with Jesus accomplished even greater works. Jesus told the religious leaders that they would marvel, or wonder, at such events.

What kind of events was Jesus talking about? He explains in the next verse: “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.” Again staking His claim to deity, Jesus claims for Himself one of the three things that the Jews believed only God could do. Warren Wiersbe points out that the Jews believed only God could: (1) open the Heavens and allow rain to fall, (2) open the womb and allow the birth of a new person, (3) open the grave and allow the dead to live again.

Jesus raised at least three people from the dead during His ministry on earth, however, scholars believe that Jesus is not only talking about physical resurrection, but spiritual resurrection. Jesus not only gives new physical life, but He gives new spiritual life. All life, physical and spiritual, is subject to God, and thus subject to Jesus Christ. Adam Clarke said, “Here our Lord points out His sovereign power and independence; He gives life according to His own will — not being obliged to supplicate for the power by which it was done, as the prophets did; His own will being absolute and sufficient in every case.”

No one else can give you a new spiritual life but Jesus. No one but Jesus can guarantee that you will live again after you die. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, He desires more than anything else to give you the new life that only He can give. He desires that you take part in the love that He and the Father share. He desires that you one day take part in God’s work that began with Jesus Christ.

Allow me to share with you how you can open your heart to Jesus Christ and let God begin to work within you 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.

God is Still Working and So is Jesus, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 51)

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TEXT: John 5:15-18

15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with 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 therefore, and teach all nations” 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 51.

Rick Warren said, “With God working in your life and in faith you can choose to look expectantly toward the future. You can live life to the fullest, without fear of making mistakes or stumbling into some terrible circumstance that takes you out of God’s control. Even when things appear to be terrible, you can trust that God is working out some divine plan through you.”

The story of Jesus healing the sick man at the Pool of Bethesda gives us a handoff into the next conflict in John’s Gospel. As you recall, the healed man did not know who Jesus was when the religious leaders asked him about the matter. After Jesus went back to speak with the healed man in the Temple, the man went immediately to the religious leaders and told them that Jesus was the one who told him to pick up his bed and carry it on the Sabbath day.

The religious leaders immediately go after Jesus for this (in their minds) severe violation of their law. F.F. Bruce said, “Inciting others to break the law was worse than breaking it oneself. Therefore they launched a campaign against Jesus which was not relaxed until his death some eighteen months later.” Already, the religious leaders did not like Jesus because He upset the status quo; now they had legal basis for going after Him. Verse 16 says, “therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.”

Jesus worked many miracles on the Sabbath. He healed a demoniac; He healed a blind man; He defended His disciples who picked grain; He healed a man’s shriveled hand; He cured a woman who had been crippled for 18 years; He healed a man with dropsy — all on the Sabbath. Warren Wiersbe said, Jesus “deliberately challenged the legalistic traditions of the scribes and Pharisees. They had taken the Sabbath — God’s gift to man — and had transformed it into a prison house of regulations and restrictions.”

When the religious leaders confronted Jesus regarding the man whom He told to carry His bed, Jesus said, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.” The religious leaders understood these words to mean that Jesus was claiming to be God. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy B. Zuck write, “To make oneself ‘equal to God’ was a claim of arrogant independence. In the Talmud, four persons were branded as haughty because they made themselves equal to God: pagan rulers Hiram, Nebuchadnezzar, Pharaoh, and the Jewish king Joash.”

Basically, Jesus tells the Jewish leaders, ‘Healing that man was the work of God. I just did God’s work. Do you want to stop God’s work, even if it is being done on the Sabbath day?’ The religious leaders must have been shocked, as they would have taken this to mean that God works on the Sabbath day. They, like us, had probably never thought of that.

So, does God work on the Sabbath? Although God established the Sabbath as a day of rest, God never stops working. The Sabbath was created for man. In fact, Jesus says this in Mark 2: “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” God does not need rest; He never slumbers or sleeps. Adam Clarke said, “Though he rested from creating, he never ceased from preserving and governing that which he had formed: in this respect he can keep no sabbaths; for nothing can continue to exist without the continual energy of God.” ***Philo, a first century Jewish philosopher, said, “God never stops working, for as it is the property of fire to burn and of snow to be cold so of God to work.”

The Bible Exposition Commentary says, “British writer George MacDonald pointed out that John 5:17 gives us a profound insight into our Lord’s miracles. Jesus did instantly what the Father is always doing slowly. For example, in nature, as mentioned earlier, the Father is slowly turning water into wine; but Jesus did it instantly. Through the powers in nature, the Father is healing broken bodies; but Jesus healed them immediately. Nature is repeatedly multiplying bread, from sowing to harvest; but Jesus multiplied it instantly in His own hands.”

The fact that God is still working today is a powerful testament to us in modern times. Some believe that God is no longer working miracles, that God is not concerned with humanity, that we have been left to struggle on our own. But that is not true. God is still working! He has never stopped.

God is working every day in the hearts and lives of those who love Him, who believe in Him, and who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior. He gives hope, life, light, and assurance to His people in a dark world. You can invite God to work in your life right now, by believing in Jesus Christ and placing your life in His hands. I promise you that He will do a wonderful work in you that no one else can do.

Are you ready to give your life to Jesus Christ today and open your heart to let God work in you?

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.

The Day Jesus Crossed the Line, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 41)


TEXT: John 4:33-38

33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?

34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.

38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

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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 and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission 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 the 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 41.

Basilea Schlink, “Do not lose yourself in your everyday work and activities. Rather, lose yourself in God. When you are doing work, let your innermost heart be centered on Him. Live in His presence and abide in Him. Then your work will follow you into eternity, and you will reap a rich harvest.”

Jesus takes the inquiries of His disciples and uses them to explain an important aspect of His mission. He tells them that His fulfillment and satisfaction come from doing God’s will and sharing the Gospel with others as He had just done with the Samaritan woman. Then, He lets them know that their fulfillment should come from the same.

Using what was likely a popular proverb in that day, Jesus says, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?” This was a common expression meaning that just as a farmer must plant seed and wait a few months before harvesting, so must people wait in other walks of life. But, Jesus says this waiting period is no longer necessary because souls are ready to be harvested into God’s kingdom right now. Just as Jesus had planted the seed with the Samaritan woman and she immediately responded, there are untold millions who would respond to the Gospel if only someone would go ready to plant and ready to harvest.

Jesus tells His disciples, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” Some say that Jesus was likely looking at the Samaritan people, many of whom would be dressed in white, as they came running out of the city to meet him. Jesus wanted to get His disciples excited about harvesting souls. He tells them, “He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.” Bringing souls into the kingdom of God was rewarding work. Everyone who did so would receive “wages”, a reward or payment. But, more importantly, the harvest of souls was work that had eternal significance. Harvesting crops was a task which had to be done over and over again each year because last year’s harvest would run out or spoil. But, winning souls to Jesus was something that had eternal value. Jesus expects everyone involved in this work to gain joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment from it as He did.

Now, of course, everyone would not believe immediately as the Samaritan woman had done. Many would hesitate at first and come to faith at a later date. Jesus says that is okay. “One soweth, and another reapeth.” You may not be the one who sows the seed, but if you have a hand in reaping a soul, you can take joy in the work. You may not be the one who reaps, but if you planted the seed, you can rejoice when that soul comes to Christ.

In fact, Jesus tells His disciples that this is the kind of work they will be most engaged in. He says, “I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.” The disciples were harvesters; others had already sowed the seed. Jesus was sowing the seed of the Gospel in His ministry. All of the Old Testament prophets and writers had helped sow the seed in the hearts of Jewish people to prepare them for the Messiah. John the Baptist had sowed the seed in the hearts of the present generation. Now, Jesus wanted His disciples to go out and bring in the harvest.

You may not be a disciple yet. You might not be a part of the harvest yet. But if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you can be a part of the harvest today. If the seed of the Gospel has been planted in your life, do not let it wither away. Accept Jesus Christ into your heart, and you, like the Samaritan woman, can have eternal life welling up inside you. Here is how to do that right now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Day Jesus Crossed the Line, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 40)

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TEXT: John 4:28-34

28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.

32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?

34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

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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 and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission 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 the 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 40.

Ray Stedman said, “There is a deep satisfaction in obedience to what God wants that is just like eating food: it fills you up; you feel satisfied, ministered to, fed. Many have discovered that there is nothing like obeying God to give a deep sense of satisfaction to life.”

After the Samaritan woman accepted Jesus’ message and went back to tell the people in her town, Jesus addresses His disciples (who had arrived as Jesus was talking to the woman). They had come back from getting food, and say to Jesus, “Master, eat.” All the while, they are wondering about what has transpired between Jesus and the Samaritan woman.

Jesus says to them, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” This sets the disciples on a new round of wondering. “Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?” Jesus says to them, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”

What was God’s will for Jesus? God’s will for Jesus was for Him to come to earth, preach the Gospel, declare that the kingdom of God had come, and then die on the cross for the sins of the world and be raised from the dead. Specifically, at this junction, God’s will for Jesus was for Him to bring the message of salvation to the Samaritan people. Seeing that the Samaritan woman had received the message, Jesus had done the will and had ‘finished’ this particular task. Just as receiving salvation brought joy and delight to the Samaritan woman, sharing the message of salvation brought fulfillment to Jesus so much so that His physical needs — hunger and thirst — paled in the light of His mission to the Samaritan’s being fulfilled. Warren Wiersbe said, “The disciples were satisfied with bread, but He was satisfied with accomplishing the Father’s work.” Phillips Brooks said, “Seek your life’s nourishment in your life’s work.”

Again, Jesus’ words and actions emphasize that there is something more important in life than fulfilling the desires of our flesh. The life we are experiencing now will one day pass away. We will die, and all that will remain of us in this physical, temporal world is memories. Some of us will be blessed enough to leave behind works of art, writings, music, buildings, other tangible reminders of who we were and what we did while we were alive.

But death is only a transition to a deeper form of life — the life of the soul and spirit freed from the bonds of human flesh and blood. The truth is, we will have an eternal existence for the soul never dies. Since this is the case, shouldn’t we be engaged in work that has eternal significance?

Jesus’ mission had eternal significance. He was obedient to the Father for the benefit of untold generations who would inhabit the earth. He found such satisfaction in His mission that physical fulfillment was only a small matter. We can have that kind of satisfaction in life too — where we are concerned about more important things than what we eat or what we wear. But, if we are going to live that kind of life, we must do as Jesus did — we must be obedient to the Father.

And, the first thing God the Father wants us to do is to place our faith and trust in His Son Jesus Christ, just as the Samaritan woman did. First Timothy 2 says God “will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” You, like the Samaritan woman, have heard enough to be saved. Will you trust him as your saviour today?

If you want to get to know Jesus Christ as your Saviour today, you must 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 just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving 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.