Jesus the Triumphant, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 180)

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TEXT: John 12:20-22

20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

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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 180.

Kenneth L Woodward said, “By any secular standard, Jesus is also the dominant figure of Western culture. Like the millennium itself, much of what we now think of as Western ideas, inventions, and values finds its source or inspiration in the religion that worships God in his name. Art and science, the self and society, politics and economics, marriage and the family, right and wrong, body and soul – all have been touched and often radically transformed by Christ.”

Yesterday, we saw how the Pharisees, who were plotting to kill Jesus, expressed frustration at Jesus’ growing popularity even to the point of declaring, “Behold, the world is gone after him.”

Today, we see a little glimpse of how people from all over the world would begin to follow Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that “there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast.” Now, we must note that the term “Greeks” was often used by the Jews to describe any group of non-Jewish people because during that time the whole world was under the influence of Greek culture. Thus, these Greeks who came to Jerusalem for the Passover could have belonged to one of three groups of people: (1) They may have been Greek converts to Judaism. (2) They may have been Greeks who were ‘God-fearers’, but who had not converted to Judaism. Or, (3) They may have been pagan Greeks who either happened to be in the city at that time, or had purposely traveled there to observe the rituals and celebrations as the Greeks were known to be very curious and, as Luke wrote, to love hearing about some new thing. Whatever the case, these Greeks did not belong to the normal crowd that came to Jerusalem for the Passover. They were outsiders.

These outsiders caught wind of the Man named Jesus and what He had done, especially in raising Lazarus from the dead. “The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.” Some believe that they approached Philip especially because he was the only one of the disciples to have a Greek name. But, we know that they approached the right one because as you might recall from early on in the Gospel of John, Philip had a reputation for bringing people to Jesus. The Bible says, “Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.”

The Gospel does not record Jesus’ interaction with these Greeks, but the fact that they are brought to Him is an indication of things to come. As the Pharisees had unwittingly predicted, the whole world would soon follow after the Christ. Rudolf Stier made this observation: “These men from the West at the end of the Life of Jesus, set forth the same as the Magi from the East at its beginning — but they come to the Cross of the King, as those came to His cradle.”

The life of Jesus is bracketed by groups of people coming to Him from what would have then been considered far-flung regions of the world — the Wise Men likely from present-day Iraq or Iran and the Greeks from either Greece proper, Macedonia, or Egypt. Although Jesus’ primary mission during his three-year ministry was to preach the Gospel, the Good News of the Kingdom of God, to the Jews, He always had the world in His sights. He told His followers that there were other sheep from another fold that He desired to bring together — “that there might be one fold and one shepherd.”

Unlike many of the Jewish religious leaders of the first century who shunned contact with non-Jews and even other Jews who were not of the right doctrinal persuasion, Jesus welcomed such people to follow Him. He raised the daughter of a Roman centurion from the dead. He talked with the Samaritan woman at the well and spent several days in their city. He cast a demon out of the daughter of a Syrophoenician woman. He healed ten lepers — nine Jewish and one Samaritan, and it was the Samaritan who came back to thank Him.

Jesus is a friend to the Gentiles and He wants to be a friend to you as well. When He stretched out His arms to die for all the world, He died with you in mind. Will you join the multitudes of those who have received Jesus as Savior and who call Him Lord today?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus the Triumphant, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 179)

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TEXT: John 12:12-19

12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,

15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.

16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

17 The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.

18 For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.

19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

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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 179.

The people who were eyewitnesses to Jesus’ resurrection of Lazarus could not stop talking about what they had seen. They told everyone they knew. You can imagine those who heard about it second-hand seeking out these eyewitnesses and asking questions like: Was Lazarus really dead for four days? Are you sure it was really him who came out of the grave? And all Jesus did was speak the words, huh?

Each time the answer was in the affirmative. These eyewitnesses “bare record,” that is, they testified to the truth of what had happened. Nobody had ever seen or heard anything like it. The public’s confidence in Jesus skyrocketed once again. Everybody in Jerusalem wanted to see the man who raised someone from the dead. We know that Mary and Martha were in the city for the Passover — perhaps they came with Jesus and His disciples or they came later in the week — and it is likely that Lazarus came with them. If so, the people would have wanted to see him too.

While the celebration at the entrance to Jerusalem was going on, with thousands of people thronging Jesus and cheering Him on, things were not looking so well for the religious establishment. Normally, they were the center of attention during the Passover commemoration. But, Jesus had come and spoiled their party. They had planned for Him to be arrested like a common criminal, instead the people were welcoming Him into the city like a hero.

“The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.” The tone appears to be rather accusatory here, as though one group of Pharisees is criticizing the group that had spearheaded this plan to have Jesus arrested. ‘See, nothing you’re doing is working.’ In their minds, they see what is happening as an utter disaster, stating in frustration, “Behold, the world is gone after him.”

Now, technically, the whole world was not going after Jesus. Most of the world had yet to hear His name. However, this was another unwitting prophetic statement similar to the one made by the chief priest Caiaphas. He said, “It is convenient that one man should die for the people that the whole nation perish not.” That is exactly what Jesus did, except He didn’t just die for the Jews, but for all people with the intention that not only should the Jewish nation not perish, but that the whole world might not perish.

“The world is gone after Him” is a prophetic statement in line with what Jesus told Nicodemus: “If I be lifted up from the Earth, I will draw all men unto myself.” The Pharisees didn’t see it, but they themselves were aiding in this process of lifting Jesus up from the Earth. Every time they tried to criticize Him or bring Him down, it backfired, and Jesus’ status, approval, and following grew. At the end of Passover week, they would get their wish to see Jesus dead. Little did they know, that would not be the end of Jesus, but the beginning of something they could not begin to fathom. Lazarus’ resurrection was a preview of what was to come. Jesus would raise Himself from the dead, and that would be the spark that would take Jesus’ message to the ends of the Earth.

Just as many of the people thronging Jesus in Jerusalem had come because of Lazarus’ resurrection, vast numbers more would turn to Jesus because of His own resurrection. This week in Jerusalem, archaeologists are re-opening what is traditionally believed to be the tomb of Jesus. Of course, they won’t find any remains there. But each year during Easter thousands of people, not just from Israel, but from all over the world travel to Jerusalem to see this tomb. Truly, it would be accurate to say today that the whole world has gone after Him.

Will you join the throngs of those who have received Jesus as Savior and who call Him Lord today? Here is how:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus the Triumphant, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 178)

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TEXT: John 12:12-16

12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,

15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.

16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

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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 178.

R.T. France of Wycliffe Hall Oxford England said, ‘What happens during the Triumphal Entry is not a spontaneous act but a planned demonstration. Planned for prime time and maximum exposure, it was a ‘demonstration’ calculated to interrupt business as usual and bring the nearness of God’s reign abruptly, forcefully, to the attention of all.”

From the Gospels, one of the things that we can say about Jesus is that He frequently did and said things that people did not expect or anticipate. I believe part of the purpose of doing things the way He did was because Jesus wanted people to think about what they believed and about how His actions challenged their beliefs. He wanted them (and us) to begin seeing things from a Heavenly perspective.

In our passage for today, we find Jesus doing another one of these unexpected things as He is entering Jerusalem at the start of the Passover week. The people were crowding around Him, waving palm leaves, and chanting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Then, we read: “And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon…”

In those days, the donkey was an unusual mode of transportation for a would-be conqueror. Donkeys do not speak of royalty, might, power, or wealth. Henry Morris said, “The ass was not normally used by a warlike person. It was the animal of a man of peace, a priest, a merchant or the like. It might also be used by a person of importance but in connection with peaceable purposes.”

Jesus’ choice of a donkey would have been surprising to those who did not know Him very well. But Jesus chose the donkey deliberately as a fulfillment of prophecy and as a demonstration of the nature of His coming. He had not come to Jerusalem to start a war with the Romans; He had come to make peace between God and man. Even the disciples did not grasp the meaning of this at first, but John tells us that “when Jesus was glorified, they remembered that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.”

Just as Jesus chose a donkey over a war horse to make His Triumphal Entry, it also happened that He was surrounded not by soldiers, but by sheep. Every Jewish family was required to bring a lamb to sacrifice at the Temple during Passover. So, among the throngs of people gathering in Jerusalem during that time, there was also a multitude of sheep. The Jewish historian Josephus recorded that during one Passover year just over a quarter of a million lambs were brought into Jerusalem to be sacrificed. Jesus entered the city surrounded by lambs, Himself being the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. As one songwriter put it:

Lamb of God so pure and spotless,
Lamb of God for sinners slain.
Thy shed blood has wrought redemption,
Cleansing us from every stain.
Lamb redeeming, Lamb redeeming,
Bearing all our sins away!

If the throngs of people surrounding Him had known the significance of this symbolism, they would have found this surprising as well. They were looking for a Lion, but God sent them (and us) a Lamb. He gave us not what we wanted, not what we were expecting, but the thing we most desperately needed — a Savior.

Will you receive this Savior into your heart and life today? Here is how:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus the Triumphant, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 177)

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TEXT: John 12:12-13

12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

———-

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 177.

Charles Spurgeon said, “God in his infinite mercy has devised a way by which justice can be satisfied, and yet mercy can be triumphant. Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, took upon himself the form of man, and offered unto Divine Justice that which was accepted as an equivalent for the punishment due to all people.”

At the end of John chapter 11, we were informed that during the week before the week of the Passover, many of the people who had gathered in Jerusalem to take part in the pre-Passover rituals had wondered among themselves whether or not Jesus would make an appearance as He had several times before. The Jewish religious leaders, of course, wanted Jesus to come to Jerusalem for the Passover. They had people on the lookout for Jesus and had let it be known that anyone who saw Him should report His whereabouts immediately so that He could be arrested.

The religious establishment probably expected Jesus to come into the city without much fanfare as usual. So they are definitely stunned when Jesus enters the city in the way our passage describes.

The Bible tells us that many people heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. There would have been thousands of people on the roads to Jerusalem during this time. Jesus walked from Bethany, which was less than two miles away. People saw Him on the roads, and crowds naturally flocked to Him. Word spread like wildfire all the way up to Jerusalem that Jesus was coming. So, even more people were waiting for His arrival in the city.

John tells us that these people “took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him.” The palm branches were symbols of political significance and Jewish nationalism during that time. R.V.G. Tasker said the people “greeted Jesus as a king, though ignorant of the nature of His kingship. It would seem that they looked upon Him as a potential nationalist leader, with whose help they might be able to become wholly independent of foreign powers.”

John says the people chanted, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” The word Hosanna simply means “save now” or “save us now.” The people were looking for deliverance and salvation. They were ready to pronounce Jesus the “King of Israel.” They welcomed Him eagerly and triumphantly in the hopes that He would take up the mantle of freedom fighter for the Jewish people. The fact that they recognized Jesus as “coming in the name of the Lord” indicates that many of them had also accepted Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

It would have been easy for Jesus, right then and there, to adjust his course and become what the people wanted. I am sure that many of the disciples would have supported and even encouraged this course of action. But the people were only concerned with their physical salvation from the Romans. Jesus knew that what they really needed was spiritual salvation from sin, the devil, and the punishment of sin which is Hell. Jesus could have become their political Saviour, but that would have allowed their souls to perish.

So Jesus made the choice that so many others would not have made. Throughout the course of the Passover week, and especially the last three days of the week, Jesus made the choice — so that He could save our souls. When He could have just given people what they wanted, when He could have saved Himself, He repeatedly made the choice that would ensure that the way of salvation was opened not only for those who welcomed Him into Jerusalem, but for you and I today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apostles & Saints, Part 8 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #141)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 1:3-6:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

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John R. Rice said, “It is true the saved are God’s elect, ‘chosen in him before the foundation of the world. But it is wrong to make this election a whim of God whereby He saves some, compels them to be saved, and damns some whom He has decided He does not wish to save. Election is not ‘unconditional.’ It is simply that God knows who will trust Him when they hear the Gospel and chooses them to be carried through till they be ‘conformed to the image of his Son.'”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Everything in your life is going to be judged by the cross — your eating, your drinking, your sleeping, your spending, your talking. Everything is cross-examined!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Hundreds were converted during the Korean revival of 1905 and 1906, more than in any previous year in the history of the Korean mission. In the capitol of North Korea, 700 conversions were recorded in a two-week period. Still, the best was yet to come.”

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From the first three verses in this chapter, we have talked about the spiritual blessings that are enjoyed by believers. Verse 4 sheds further light on those of us who receive the blessings, as well as the One who gives us the blessings. The text reads, ‘According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.’

What does it mean to be chosen in God? Dr. Warren Wiersbe explains this phrase as follows: “This is the marvelous doctrine of election, a doctrine that has confused some and confounded others. That salvation begins with God, and not with man, all Christians will agree. The lost sinner, left to his own ways, does not seek God; God in His love seeks the sinner… Does the sinner respond to God’s grace against his own will? No, he responds because God’s grace makes him willing to respond. The mystery of divine sovereignty and human responsibility will never be solved in this life. Both are taught in the Bible. Both are true, and both are essential.”

John R. Rice said, “It is true the saved are God’s elect, ‘chosen in him before the foundation of the world. But it is wrong to make this election a whim of God whereby He saves some, compels them to be saved, and damns some whom He has decided He does not wish to save. Election is not ‘unconditional.’ It is simply that God knows who will trust Him when they hear the Gospel and chooses them to be carried through till they be ‘conformed to the image of his Son.'”

People today often talk about searching for God or finding God. But, in reality, it is God who calls us to Himself. He is the one who takes the initiative. And He has taken that initiative with every human being. However, some respond and some resist.

We ought to be even more grateful for the spiritual blessings that Paul spoke of previously as we consider that we receive them entirely by the will of God. Nothing we do or have done make us worthy to receive these blessings. He alone desired to give them to us, and He made it possible for us to receive them.

To be chosen in God is a wonderful thing. It reminds us that God is not eager to send judgment on anyone — even on a nation as wicked as ours. His first act was to call us to Himself, and if we, as the church, respond to that call ourselves and help others respond to that call, we can see the revival and great awakening that this nation so desperately needs.

Jesus, His Friends, and Lessons at the Dinner Table, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 176)

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TEXT: John 12:9-11

9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

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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 176.

B.J. Richardson said, “Lazarus didn’t have to have any profound speeches in order to glorify God. He didn’t have to be incredibly persuasive or convincing. He took no classes in apologetics or epistemology. He didn’t even go through an evangelism class or memorize the Romans Road. He simply had to exist. All he had to do is show people the change. ‘This is where I was and this is where I am now.’ That’s it.”

Today, our text reveals the immense hatred that the Jewish religious leaders had cultivated for Jesus and His work. We find that, not only are they targeting Jesus but they are targeting Lazarus as well. Before, they rarely went after the people whom Jesus had helped or worked miracles for, but a man being raised from the dead was too much for them. They decided that Lazarus needed to be put to death.

One of the reasons why the “chief priests” wanted Lazarus back in the grave is because, as I mentioned before, most of the chief priests were Sadducees, and Sadducees did not believe in a physical resurrection. They believed that once you died, that was it: your soul went back to God, but your body remained decaying in the grave. Lazarus was living proof that their theology was wrong. Yet, instead of correcting their theology, they decided that they wanted to kill Lazarus.

Not only did Lazarus being alive prove that what they had been teaching was wrong, it was one of the biggest pieces of evidence for Jesus’ ministry. John tells us that people came not just to see Jesus, but to “see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.” It was for this reason that “many of the Jews went away [left the Sadducees], and believed on Jesus.”

To hear a man testify that he was sick, that he died, that he was buried, but that he is alive right now — with multiple witnesses to back up his story — is powerful indeed. People would have been foolish not to believe on Jesus now. Even those who had previously oppose Jesus because of some of His controversial statements had to give it a second thought. As Jesus had once said, ‘If you won’t believe because of My words, believe because of My works.’

But the Sadducees weren’t interested in believing. They only wanted to preserve their status with Rome — to keep their wealth, ease, comfort, and authority over the people. They obviously knew that Jesus had proven them wrong on many occasions — Lazarus’ resurrection being the latest and most significant demonstration of His power. Now, they only wanted to destroy the evidence by killing Lazarus.

The testimony of a person whose life has been transformed is very powerful. Jesus desires to bring about equally dramatic change in your life today. You say, ‘But, I’m not dead.’ If you are not a part of God’s family through Jesus Christ, you are dead in your sins. If you’re a prostitute, that’s death. If you’re a drug addict, that’s death. If you’re a homosexual, that’s death. If you’re a liar, that’s death. If you’re a drunkard, that’s death. If you’re an embezzler, a cheater, a thief, an adulterer — all of it — it’s death.

Jesus is calling you out of your dead situation just as He called Lazarus out of his grave. He can change your life and give you new life. That is why salvation is called being born again. Here is how you can be born again today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TEXT: John 12:1-8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 175.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TEXT: John 12:1-8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 174.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN: “There’s Always a Devil in the Corner at Your Party” — Jesus, His Friends, and Lessons at the Dinner Table, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 173)

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TEXT: John 12:1-8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

———-

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 173.

Harry Ironside said, “No one ever lost out by excessive devotion to Christ.”

When any good work of God or for God is carried out, there will always be a devilish person to oppose God’s work and purposes — individuals who will stop at nothing to try and stop God’s work. Sometimes, these devilish individuals will be among those who are considered part of the team, and that is what we see in our passage today.

As Lazarus, Jesus, the disciples, and others are feasting together, Mary begins to anoint and wash Jesus’ feet with expensive ointment and to dry His feet with her hair. Perhaps, this is an act of worship and gratitude in response to Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.

Obviously, such a display would have been unusual and unexpected. People at the dinner would have been surprised, but too stunned to say anything aloud. However, one of Jesus’ disciples has something to say. Judas says, “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” John informs us, “This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

Judas was the treasurer among the disciples. He handled the finances of Jesus’ ministry. The disciples probably did not know he was taking some of the money for himself at the time, but Jesus, knowing all things, allowed him to stay in that position to the end. Judas, apparently, had a greed problem. He was keen on where the money went, how it was being spent, and did not like to see money going anywhere except for in his bag. He pretended to be concerned about the financial needs of Jesus’ ministry and their ministry to the poor, but he was mostly concerned about how much cash he had access to.

Just as Judas masked his greed behind concern for the poor, people today mask their evil heart behind that which they know people approve of.

Jesus responds by saying, “Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.” Whether Mary knew that Jesus was going to die within the next week or not we do not know. But, she spared nothing in order to show her love and devotion to the Savior. Judas, who did not love Jesus or believe in Him, had a problem with this. He was not devoted to Jesus Christ and could not understand the place where Mary was coming from. Mary’s attitude was, ‘I may not get another chance to show Jesus how much I love him, so I’m going to show Him now.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus, His Friends, and Lessons at the Dinner Table, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 172)

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TEXT: John 12:1-3

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

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

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

———-

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 172.

William B. Eerdman said, “The life of Mary is painted for us in three memorable pictures, in each of which she is at the feet of Jesus. First, she sat at His feet and learned. Then, she fell at His feet and surrendered. Finally, she anointed His feet and worshipped.”

As we begin a new chapter in the Gospel of John, we find that Jesus is once again in Bethany with His friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (whom the text reminds us has just been raised from the dead a few days earlier). Among all of the people who have ever lived, Lazarus certainly would have had an interesting perspective on life considering that he, in a sense, got to live it twice.

The text reads that “they made Him, Jesus, a supper,” likely in celebration of Lazarus’ return from the grave — certainly a cause for great rejoicing for Mary, Martha, and their family members. Martha was in charge of serving the feast, as we know, from other passages of Scripture, that this is something she would have taken great care over. Lazarus was seated at the table, likely in the place of honor beside Jesus, along with several others.

The text informs us that this dinner party takes place just six days before the Passover began — the time when Jesus would go up to Jerusalem to be sacrificed. We see that Jesus was not worried, fretful, or concerned. He gladly took some time out to celebrate with His friends and disciples.

The next thing we see is the actions of Mary. Again, Mary appears to be more concerned with the spiritual side of things when compared to her sister. The Bible says, “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” Notice three things about this act.

1. Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet was an act of extreme humility. Normally, only the lowliest of servants would be tasked with washing the feet of someone who had come to visit. But, Mary willingly washed Jesus’ feet. She was not asked to do it, nor was she expected to do it. This service came out of a heart of love for the Lord.

2. Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet was an act of extreme costliness. Normally, a traveler’s feet was washed just with water, but Mary brought out her expensive ointment or perfume — a whole pound of it. We will see later that one of the disciples estimated it to be worth 300 denarii, which is an entire year’s wages for a common man living in that time. Mary spared no expense when it came to Jesus.

3. Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet was an act of extreme selflessness. No self-respecting person of that time would think of stooping to wash someone else’s feet in public. But Mary did not hesitate to do so. On top of that, she let down her hair to dry Jesus’ feet with it. Jewish women never let down or uncovered their hair before others, as this was considered a sign of being loose. But Mary, as Jesus Himself had done many times, dispensed with manmade traditions in order to render a good pure and clean spiritual service to the Lord.

As the fragrance from Mary’s ointment filled the room, you can imagine the surprise of others at the dinner party. It is likely that no one else there would render unto Jesus such a humble, costly, and selfless act of service and worship. The question that we must consider is not what the other people in the room did, but what you and I are willing to do now.

Are we willing to spend time at the feet of Jesus as Mary did — learning from Him, surrendering to Him, and finally worshipping Him in a humble and selfless manner? Will you become a devoted disciple of Christ as Mary did?

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

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.