Which Way Will You Go With Jesus? (Gospel Light Minute X #363)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #363 titled, “Which Way Will You Go With Jesus?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

WHAT DID PEOPLE SAY ABOUT JESUS?

“Kill Him!” said King Herod when he heard that Jesus was born.

“My eyes have seen Your Salvation which You have prepared in the sight of all people,” Simeon said to God when he held the Baby Jesus.

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” said the blind man.

“You healed someone on the Sabbath!” accused the religious leaders.

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” said Peter and the disciples.

“Crucify Him!” said the religious leaders.

“Take Him away and do what you want,” said Pilate to the religious leaders.

“Remember me when You come into Your Kingdom,” said the thief who hung on the cross next to Jesus.

“Master!” said Mary on Easter Sunday as Jesus met her by the empty tomb.

“Unless I see the nail marks in His hand, I won’t believe He rose from the dead,” said the disciple Thomas.

“My Lord and my God!” said Thomas, a week later as Jesus stood in front of him. Continue reading “Which Way Will You Go With Jesus? (Gospel Light Minute X #363)”

If It is Not God’s Will for You to Become President like Trump, What Should You Do? (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 386)



Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: John 21:17-23:

17. He [Jesus] saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

18. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

19. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

20. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

21. Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?

22. Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

23. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?

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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 370.

George MacDonald said, “Doing the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.”

There are many people in America today scratching their heads saying to themselves if Barack Obama (with a name that sounds like Osama) and if Donald Trump can be president, why can’t I be president? Well, because it’s not God’s will for you to be president.

After Jesus publicly restored Peter to the ministry and commanded him to “Feed my sheep,” there must have been a deathly silence around the seaside fire where the rest of the disciples were eating breakfast. What does one say after witnessing such an emotionally-charged scene? The exchange between Peter and Jesus was like a private moment that the other disciples would have been embarrassed to witness. When the moment is over, Peter looks around realizing that everyone else was watching and listening.

We do not know why Peter asks this question, but it’s possible that he was trying to shift attention away from himself. He asks of John, “Lord, and what shall this man do?” ‘You’ve told me that I’m going to die. What about this man?’ It is a natural thing to wonder about others when you are going through or are about to go through something distressing. ‘What about this person? It looks like they never have any troubles. Am I the only one who has to suffer?’ Jesus’ response to Peter is rather sharp, almost a rebuke. He says, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Peter, having been informed about God’s plan for his life, naturally wondered what the future held for his friend John, the disciple whom Jesus loved. Jesus sharply rebuked Peter for being curious about God’s will for another’s life: What is that to you? You must follow Me. Some disciples can be easily distracted by unnecessary questions about God’s secret will; as a result they neglect God’s plainly revealed will. God’s plans for Christians vary and His reasons are not often made known. Peter was to commit himself to God’s plain commands to him.”

God has given each of His children plain commands. Some of these commands, such as those included in the Bible, are universal. Others are specific to each individual. Often, when we see someone not following God’s universal commands or not following a similar specific command to the one that we are following, we are tempted to pause and wonder, ‘What about them? Why aren’t they going through what I’m going through? It doesn’t look like they are following God, yet they are being blessed.’

In such instances, Jesus’ response to us is the same, ‘What is that to thee? Follow thou me.’ The only Christian walk that you can control is your own. There is no use in wasting time fretting over what others are doing or are not doing. You do what God has called you to do and let God take care of everyone else.

Horatius Bonar wrote:

Thy way, not mine, O Lord,
However dark it be;
Lead me by Thine own hand,
Choose out the path for me.

Smooth let it be or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it leads
Right onward to Thy rest.

I dare not choose my lot;
I would not, if I might;
Choose Thou for me, my God,
So I shall walk aright.

God has chosen a path for each of us. What remains to be seen is whether we will walk in that path. You can begin walking in God’s path for you by trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Here is how you can receive Him into your heart and life today:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Jesus Asks, “Do You Love Me?” Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 368)

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Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: John 21:15-17:

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

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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 368.

Francis Chan said, “In the midst of our failed attempts at loving Jesus, His grace covers us.”

We see the truth of this statement in Jesus’ interaction with Peter in the last chapter of John’s Gospel. After actions which some of us would deem unforgivable or at least job terminating, Jesus is keen to help Peter understand that he is still a part of the family and the ministry. But, as we saw in our last message, Jesus also wants Peter to realize that he is not as strong spiritually as he had claimed in the past. Hence the question, “Lovest thou me more than these?” Jesus asks Peter to compare his love for Him against the love the other disciples had for Him. Peter had boasted about his loyalty to Jesus, but when the test came, he had let the Savior down. How does Peter respond to Jesus’ question?

Notice Peter’s Confession. In response to Jesus’ question, Peter says, “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” Some commentators have pointed out that the word Jesus used for love and the word Peter used for love are different. Jesus uses “agape,” meaning unconditional, self-sacrificing love. Peter uses “phileo,” meaning the love of a friend. While some say the difference in terms is not significant, one could say that more than an attempt to try to convince Jesus that he still loves Him, Peter is confessing that he has failed at loving Jesus and that he is not capable of the love that he once boasted of. Peter is saying that he loves Jesus as much as he possibly can in his feeble human way, but He is incapable of loving Jesus the way Jesus loves him. Jesus had proven his agape love for Peter and mankind by going to the cross and dying; but Peter’s actions had shown that he did not have agape love — the kind of love that leads one to risk or lay down his life for Jesus. If you will, Under the weight of Jesus’ questioning, Peter finally admitted this. He did not have the agape love that Jesus had.

Now, notice Jesus’ Command. In response to Peter’s confession, Jesus says, “Feed my lambs.” I think it would be safe to say that if Peter had denied one of us the way he turned his back on Jesus, we would never want him to work with us or for us again. But that is not the case with Jesus. Jesus tells Peter, ‘You are still My disciple. You are still one of the twelve. I have called you to be a fisher of men. My gifts and callings are without repentance. Feed my sheep.’ The sheep are the flock of God, the souls the disciples would win to the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus is telling Peter, ‘I want you to be a leader in My church. I want you to shepherd, nourish, teach, provide for, and protect the little lambs who come in from the world.’

With this kind of restoration and reinstatement, I don’t think Peter ever again felt proud about spiritual matters. He had gone as low as anyone could go. Yet, Jesus had restored Him to service. He did not turn His back on him. He brought him back into the ministry and recommissioned him for God’s use.

As we embark on a new year, I think a question that Jesus would ask of us in the church is, “Do you love me? Do you love me more than these?” He has the right to ask such a question after a year when so many who claimed to be Christians bowed down at the altar of politics on both sides. When so many allowed political divisions to tear apart Christian fellowship. Jesus wants to know, Do you love Me more than you love your party? Do you love Me more than you love your candidate, no matter if they won or lost, if they’re leaving office or being inaugurated? Will you stand up for Me just like you stood up for them?

Some of us, like Peter, need to confess that we have not loved the Lord supremely. We have put personal safety, politics, race, culture, money, popularity, and worldly acceptance above Christ and the Gospel. We have allowed the transient things of this world to trump the guaranteed eternal triumph of God in the end. Some of us, like Peter, have been unwilling to go down to the wire for Jesus.

But if we are willing to admit our faults, Jesus has a command for us as well: “Feed my lambs.” He wants us to get back to our first love in this new year. He wants us to love Him with all our heart, mind, and soul through the power of the Holy Spirit. He wants us to have agape love for our brothers and sisters in Christ because that is the only kind of love that will heal the division that has come to light in the past few years. He wants us to have agape love for the lost world as well because that is the only kind of love that will move us to boldly preach the Gospel and stand against sin no matter the cost.

Julia Aldrich wrote:

Jesus said with tender pleading,
Feed My lambs, feed My lambs;
In this world He’s interceding,
Feed My precious lambs.

Seek each little son and daughter,
Feed My lambs, feed My lambs;
Lead them to the living water,
Feed My precious lambs.

Tell them of a home in glory,
Feed My lambs, feed My lambs;
And repeat the old, old story
Feed My precious lambs.

For those of you who are not yet disciples of the Lord, the restoration of Peter reminds us that Jesus can and will forgive any sinner. No matter what you have done, no matter how terrible you think it is, Jesus wants to forgive you, save you from your sins, and bring you into His family. No one is too far gone that he is beyond the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus. Here is how you can receive Him into your heart and life today:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Jesus Asks, “Do You Love Me?” Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 367)

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TEXT: John 21:15-17:

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

———-

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 367.

F.B. Meyer said, “When a man is right with God, God will freely use him.”

John ends his book with Jesus and His disciples by the sea in a scene that has been referred to as “the restoration of Peter.” Peter had denied that he even knew Jesus Christ while the Lord was on trial in Jerusalem. Apparently, Jesus nor any of the other disciples held that against him. He was still a part of the group. He was even seen as a leader, as he was the one whom all the others followed to go fishing earlier in this passage. But, Peter likely had some misgivings in his own heart. Every time he looked at Jesus, he would have felt guilt and regret over what he had done. He would have been especially ashamed because he had been the most vocal in his proclamations that he would die with Jesus if necessary. Jesus, of course, knowing all things, knew what was in Peter’s heart. He knew that Peter was still messed up on the inside. And, so, Jesus graciously sets out to restore Peter, the one whom He had called the “rock” upon which He would build the church.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Peter and his Lord had already met privately and no doubt taken care of Peter’s sin, but since Peter had denied the Lord publicly, it was important that there be public restoration. Since Peter had denied his Lord three times, Jesus asked him three personal questions. He also encouraged him by giving a threefold commission that restored Peter to his ministry.”

First, from this passage, notice the Comparison. “When they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” Jesus did not call Peter by his usual name which meant “rock,” perhaps as a reminder that, at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, Peter had not been faithful or steadfast like a rock. Peter is being asked to measure his love for Jesus against the love the other disciples had for Jesus. Surely, all of the disciples loved Jesus deeply. But, Peter had been more vocal than any of the others in declaring his love, commitment, and dedication.

Warren Wiersbe said, “The key issue is Peter’s love for the Lord Jesus, and that should be a key matter with us today. But what did the Lord mean by “more than these”? Was He asking, “Do you love Me more than you love these other men?” Not likely, because this had never been a problem among the disciples. They all loved the Lord Jesus supremely, even though they did not always obey Him completely. Perhaps Jesus meant, “Do you love Me more than you love these boats and nets and fish?” Again, this is not likely, for there is no evidence that Peter ever desired to go back permanently into the fishing business. Fishing did not seem to compete with the Saviour’s love.
The question probably meant, “Do you love Me—as you claimed—more than these other disciples love Me?” Peter had boasted of his love for Christ and had even contrasted it with that of the other men. “I will lay down my life for Thy sake!” “Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet will I never be offended!” There is more than a hint in these boastful statements that Peter believed that he loved the Lord more than did the other disciples.”

Now, Jesus is asking Him, “Peter, is all that still true? Do you still love me more than the other disciples do?”

Anybody can see why this would be a concern: in the moment of Jesus’ greatest need, Peter had not acted like he loved the Lord. Ultimately, he had done just as the other disciples did: he ran away from the Lord rather than standing by Him through His ordeal. Such a question would cut at Peter’s pride. No one likes for others to doubt their words, but Jesus is helping Peter realize that he needs to be more humble and that he cannot rely on his own strength and will. Jesus was helping Peter to realize that, without God, he was no stronger, better, or more faithful than any of the other disciples.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 333)

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TEXT: John 20:11-18:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 333.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 332)

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TEXT: John 20:11-16:

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

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

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

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

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

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

———-

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 332.

George Eldon Ladd said, “A close study of the text nowhere suggests that the stone of the tomb was rolled away from the tomb to let Jesus out. The earthquake and rolling back of the stone is recorded as a sign of a wonderful event, not as the event itself. There can be only one conclusion: the body of Jesus was gone before the stone was rolled away. It did not need to be removed for Him to escape the tomb; He had already escaped it. The removal of the stone was for the disciples, not for Jesus.”

When Peter and John left the empty tomb, they acknowledged that Jesus had risen from the dead, although they did not understand fully what this meant. Either they did not communicate what they had concluded to Mary or Mary did not believe them, for she remained weeping at the tomb. When the disciples had left, she looked into the tomb one last time to examine the scene. Instead of seeing the grave clothes lying alone, she now saw two men, angels, standing at the place where Jesus’ body had been laid.

Mary did not react with fear or apprehension as most others in the Bible did when they encountered angels. Her grief over Jesus’ death and her concern about His missing body were too great. She did not even seem to react to the fact that these two men were now in the tomb where they had not been just a moment before. When they ask her, “Woman, why weepest thou?”, she responds, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.” She, like several of the women who followed Jesus, had a deep love and respect for the Lord — so much so that when He was being crucified they did not run away, but stood by through the whole gruesome ordeal.

When Mary turns away from the angels in the tomb, apparently concluding that they could not help her, she sees someone else standing by the entrance. John tells us that this was Jesus, but that Mary did not recognize Him. There was something about Jesus’ glorified body that prevented people from immediately identifying Him when they saw Him. The same thing happened to Cleopas and the other disciple on the Road to Emmaus. We do not know if this was deliberate on Jesus’ part or if those who knew Jesus simply needed to have their spiritual eyes opened in order to see Him in this new form.

Either way, Mary mistakes Jesus for the gardener. And she expresses the same concern about Jesus’ body as she did to the angels. She said, “Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.” Her single-minded focus was on locating Jesus’ body. Apparently, she did not consider that Jesus had risen from the dead. She was devastated that, after all that had happened, the enemies of the Lord had robbed them of a proper burial for their teacher.

Jesus does not allow her to remain in this delusion for long. Verse 16 says, “Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.” When Jesus calls her name, she immediately recognizes Him as her Master and Teacher. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck write, “The fact that Jesus appeared to Mary rather than to Pilate or Caiaphas or to one of His disciples is significant. That a woman would be the first to see Him is an evidence of Jesus’ electing love as well as a mark of the narrative’s historicity. No Jewish author in the ancient world would have invented a story with a woman as the first witness to this most important event. Furthermore, Jesus may have introduced Himself to Mary first because she had so earnestly sought Him. She was at the cross while He was dying, and she went to His tomb early on Sunday morning.”

Mary’s experience reminds us that those who seek the Lord will find Him. It is also a demonstration of Jesus’ words that, as the Good Shepherd, He calls those who belong to Him “by name” and they respond to His call. Jesus’ call of Mary was, as Spurgeon said, ‘a one-word sermon.’ Jesus identified Mary as one of His own. He let her know that He was risen from the dead. And He brought enormous comfort to her heart. Mary was also eager to believe. She did not try to figure out how or why Jesus had risen from the dead. She no longer had questions about the empty grave clothes. As soon as she identified her Lord, she believed in Him as Teacher, Master, and Savior.

Philip P. Bliss wrote:

At the feet of Jesus,
Pouring perfume rare,
Mary did her Savior
For the grave prepare;
And, from love the good work done,
She her Lord’s approval won.
At the feet of Jesus
Is the place for me,
There, in sweetest service
Would I ever be.

At the feet of Jesus,
In that morning hour,
Loving hearts, receiving
Resurrection power,
Haste with joy to preach the word;
Christ is risen, praise the Lord!
At the feet of Jesus,
Risen now for me,
I shall sing His praises
Through eternity.

In the record of the Gospels, in the testimony of the disciples, and in the testimony of Mary today, Jesus has revealed Himself to us, not only as the coming Savior, the dying Savior, and the buried Savior, but also as the risen Savior. With His identity fully revealed, what will you do? Will you believe in Him as Mary did and embrace Him as your Savior, Master, and Teacher? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 329)

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TEXT: John 20:1-10:

1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

———-

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 329.

Matthew Barrett said, “By raising Jesus from the dead, God declared his satisfaction and approval of the payment Christ made on our behalf, for our sins, on the cross. The resurrection of Christ changes everything. Without it, we have no gospel, no salvation, no saving message, and certainly no future hope.”

Proof for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a curious thing. When investigators look for evidence of a crime, they love to have eyewitnesses who SAW SOMETHING. They can build a theory about what transpired based on what somebody saw. No investigator would listen to a person claiming to be a “witness” based on what they did not see. But the evidence for the Resurrection begins, not with what people saw, but with what they DID NOT SEE. Mary Magdalene, the other women, Peter, and John all went to Jesus’ tomb on Sunday morning. They DID NOT SEE Jesus’ body there, and Peter and John concluded, based on this negative evidence, that Jesus had risen from the dead.

At this point, their eyewitness testimony is based on the absence of key evidence. Nobody could confirm that Jesus was actually alive. Nobody had seen Him yet. Peter and John made up their minds based on faith and what they did not see in the tomb. Now, John uses three different terms to describe the act of seeing that was done on Resurrection Sunday. In our Bibles, the word that is repeated is “saw.” John saw, then Peter saw, and then John saw again. However, in the original Greek, three different words are used.

When John arrives at the tomb, he says that he “saw the linen clothes lying.” The word used here is “bleppo.” It means to perceive by the use of the eyes; to discern mentally, to observe, to perceive, to discover, to understand; to turn the thoughts or direct the mind to a thing, to consider, to contemplate, to look at, to weigh carefully, to examine. When John arrived at the tomb, he did not know what to expect. He knew that Jesus had been buried there. Based on Mary Magdalene’s frantic announcement that Jesus’ body had been taken, he probably feared the worst. Maybe he thought he would see signs of violence, a ransacked tomb. But, when he got there, what he saw arrested his attention. He gazed upon the linen clothes lying neatly and turned his mind to contemplate what this might mean.

Then, Peter arrived at the tomb, and he, too, “seeth the linen clothes lie.” The Greek word used here is “theoreo.” It means to be a spectator, to look at, to behold; to ascertain, to find out by seeing. In the Gospels, this word is often used of the crowds who came to watch Jesus. They wanted to know who this Man was and what was going on with His preaching and His miracles. That is how Peter approached the tomb. His mentality was, ‘I’m going to get to the bottom of this situation. I’m going to find out what’s going on.’ “Seeing” for him was somewhat of an investigator’s tool. He wanted to unravel the mystery of why Jesus’ body was not in its tomb.

Finally, we read that John entered the tomb “and he saw, and believed.” The Greek word used here is “eido.” It means to know, to get knowledge of, to understand, to perceive. This is sight connected with knowledge and belief. This is sight that leads to action The word is used of the Magi who “saw” Christ’s star in the East and came to worship the newborn King. The word is used of Herod who perceived that this newborn king was a threat and ordered all male babies in the region to be killed. This word is used of Christ who saw those who were sick and was moved to heal them. Again, this is sight connected with action. While John at first saw and wondered, now he is seeing with the intention of making a decision.

Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state, “But John perceived that the missing body and the position of the grave clothes was not due to a robbery. He realized that Jesus had risen from the dead and had gone through the grave clothes. The tomb was open not to let Jesus’ body out but to let the disciples and the world see that He rose. This section of John’s Gospel is a powerful eyewitness testimony which strikes the perceptive reader as being psychologically and historically true.”

After what John and Peter saw — or did not see — in the tomb, they made the decision to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. They did not have the whole picture then, but we have the whole picture today. Not only John’s and Peter’s eyewitness testimony, but the testimony of all twelve of the disciples and over 500 others who saw Jesus alive after His body was found missing from the tomb. Based on this evidence, will you make the decision to believe as John and Peter did?

Charles Wesley wrote:

See, the Lord is risen indeed,
To Death delivered in your stead;
His Rise proclaims your Sins forgiven,
And shows the living Way to Heaven:
Go tell the followers of your Lord
Their Jesus is to Life restored;
He lives that they his Life may find;
He lives to quicken all Mankind.

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is what makes it possible for you to gain spiritual life today and eternal life with God in Heaven. If you believe in Him like John did and place your faith and trust in Him for salvation, you, too, will be raised from death to everlasting life with God. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 326)

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TEXT: John 20:1-10:

1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

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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 326.

Dr. John Walvoord said, “If the Gospel of John were an ordinary biography, there would be no chapter 20. I am an incurable reader of biographies, and I notice that almost all of them conclude with the death and burial of the subject. I have yet to read one that describes the subject’s resurrection from the dead! The fact that John continued his account and shared the excitement of the Resurrection miracle is proof that Jesus Christ is not like any other man. He is, indeed, the Son of God.”

The first day of the week after Jesus was crucified found Mary Magdalene on her way to Jesus’ tomb. The other Gospels tell us that other women were with her. They intended to apply further burial spices and ointment to the body of Jesus. They wanted to do this to honor Jesus themselves as well as because Nicodemus and Joseph had carried out the burial hastily. They loved Jesus and wanted to make sure that His body was treated with every vestige of respect that was within their means.

However, when the women arrived at the tomb, they found that it was empty. Mary Magdalene ran to find Peter and John and told them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.” She thought that Jesus’ body had been stolen. After the events of that weekend, this would have been utterly heartbreaking to these women as well as to the disciples.

Hearing this news, Peter and John ran to the tomb. John thought it important to inform us that he outraced Peter and arrived at the tomb first. When he got there, he did not go into the tomb, but he ‘stooped down, looked in, and saw the linen clothes lying.’ The Greek word describing John’s action means to contemplate, observe, or scrutinize. John looked into the tomb and paused to think about what he saw. Peter, on the other hand, rushed into the tomb first and then stopped to look. He, too, saw the linen clothes lying there, “and the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.”

Notice how John takes pains to describe Jesus burial garments. When a person was buried, the Jews wrapped the body in several layers of linen; between each layer, they mixed ointment, spices, and aloes. The mixture would have crusted together, and, combined with the layered linens, would serve as a sort of soft cocoon for the dead body. John and Peter clearly saw that the cocoon was in order, but that Jesus’ body was missing. They could tell that this was no grave robbery. No robber would have gone through the intricate process of carefully removing the grave clothes to get at the body. William Barclay said, “The whole point of the description is that the grave-clothes did not look as if they had been put off or taken off; they were lying there in their regular folds as if the body of Jesus had simply evaporated out of them.”

What did the disciples make of their conclusion? John writes that after he followed Peter into the tomb, “he saw, and believed.” John believed, based on this evidence alone, that Jesus had risen from the dead. However, he notes that neither he nor Peter were familiar with the Scriptures that indicated that Jesus was going to rise from the dead. John, who has emphasized throughout his retelling of the Passion that he was an eyewitness to these events, believed that Jesus was risen from the dead simply because of what he saw with his own eyes. What did he see? He saw a stone rolled away. He saw an empty tomb. He saw grave clothes that held no body. That was enough for John to believe that Jesus was alive again.

Robert L. Fletcher wrote:

At the grave where Christ lay sleeping,
In the arms of death’s embrace,
Roman guards their watch were keeping,
As the night wore on apace;
Where in majesty descending,
Came an angel from the throne,
At the tomb of Jesus bending,
Rolled away the ponderous stone.

Lo! the grave is rent asunder,
And the watchers are as dead;
Heaven and earth beheld, in wonder,
Death in chains a captive led:
Angels, robed in white, are saying,
He is risen, He is not here:
Christ, the call to life obeying,
Thrills the world with hope and cheer.

Re-ascend, O King victorious,
Take again Thy royal throne;
There in Heaven to rule all glorious,
Till the earth becomes Thine own:
Foes may hate Thee, they can never
Overthrow Thy righteous sway;
Thine shall be the kingdom ever,
In the realms of perfect day.

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the undeniable evidence that death and Hell had no hold on Him. And, because He rose from the dead, death and Hell do not have to have a hold on you. If you believe in Him like John did and place your faith and trust in Him for salvation, you, too, will be raised from death to eternal life with God. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 300)

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TEXT: John 18:24-27:

24 Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.

25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.

26 One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?

27 Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.

———-

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 300.

John MacArthur said, “The trials of the Lord Jesus Christ are history’s most egregious miscarriage of justice. In them, the friend of sinners faced the hatred of sinners; the Judge of all the earth was arraigned before petty human judges; the exalted Lord of glory was humiliated by being mocked, spit upon, and beaten; the Holy and Righteous one was treated as a vile sinner; the One who is the truth was impugned by evil liars. But shining forth out of the satanic darkness of His trials is the absolute innocence of Jesus Christ. The evil efforts of His accusers are turned upside down so as to actually confirm His blamelessness.”

When Jesus’ first trial with Annas is over, he is sent to Caiaphas the high priest. You might be wondering why there are two high priests in this text. Well, Annas was the high priest appointed by the Jews who served for life as specified in the Mosaic law. Caiaphas was the high priest appointed for a time by the Romans who did not like so much power concentrated in one person for a long period of time. The Jews gave lip service to Caiaphas in order to please the Romans, but they considered Annas to be the “real” high priest.

Now, the scene shifts back to the courtyard of Annas’ palace where Peter is standing with some others, warming himself at a fire as he tries to keep track of what is happening to Jesus. Some of the people standing around ask him, “Art not thou also one of his disciples?” But “He denied it, and said, I am not.” Then, one of the family members of Malchus, the high priest’s servant whose ear Peter had cut off, saw him and said, “Did not I see thee in the garden with him?” “Peter then denied again.” Matthew adds that he “curse and swore” in an attempt to convince the people standing around that he was not one of Jesus’ disciples. John tells us, “and immediately the cock crew.” And Luke adds that Jesus, who was on a balcony of some kind (perhaps in the midst of being transported from one judgment hall to another), “turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.”

Can you imagine how Peter felt at that moment? After all of his bold words and bold actions, he had failed. He had denied that he even knew Jesus. He must have felt worthless and seen himself as no better than Judas. Luke writes that “Peter went out, and wept bitterly.” The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “Peter wept over his sins and repented, while Judas admitted his sins but never really repented. Judas experienced remorse, not repentance. Keep in mind that the cock crowing was the announcement of the dawning of a new day. When Judas went out from the Upper Room, ‘it was night’; but when Peter went out to weep bitterly, there was the dawning of a new day. It is the contrast between godly sorrow that leads to true repentance and the sorrow of the world (regret and remorse) that leads to death.”

If we had a friend who acted like they didn’t know us when we got into trouble, most of us, when we get out of trouble, would not want to have anything to do with that person ever again. But that is not how Jesus responded to Peter. He knew that Peter was truly heartbroken over His sin and failure. When He predicted Peter’s denials, Jesus told him, ‘I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.’ Jesus did not want Peter to go off wallowing in misery which would only lead to despair and death. Jesus foresaw that Peter would make a comeback and become the “rock” that Jesus had once said he would be.

Each of us has sins, failures, and disappointments in our lives that we are ashamed of — things we wish we had never said or done. Thankfully, Jesus has extended to us the same arm of mercy and grace that He extended to Peter. Jesus went to the cross to die for Peter’s sins and failures and for our sins and failures too. We no longer have to live, wallowing in misery, defeat, and self-loathing. We can make a comeback like Peter did. We can rise again, through the salvation, mercy, and grace of Christ, in the dawn of a new day. For as the wisest man who ever lived King Solomon said in the book of Proverbs, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”

Frederick A. Graves wrote:

What a wonderful, wonderful Savior,
Who would die on the cross for me!
Freely shedding His precious lifeblood,
That the sinner might be made free.

He was wounded for our transgressions,
And He carried our sorrows, too;
He’s the Healer of every sickness,
This He came to the world to do.

So He gave His life for others
In Redeeming this world from sin,
And He’s gone to prepare a mansion,
That at last we may enter in.

Dear friend, Jesus bore the burden of your sin so that you could go free. But you have to make the decision to give up your sin burden by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin. 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 email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

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

The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 299)

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TEXT: John 18:19-23:

19 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.

20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.

21 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.

22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?

23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?

———-

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 299.

Don Whitney said, “The sinless Jesus — not for His own sake, but for others — came from Heaven to deliver His people. Jesus allowed godless men to nail Him to a Roman cross, and three days later rose from the dead so that ‘we should no longer be slaves of sin.’ And all those who trust in His work (and not their own) as the way to freedom will find emancipation from sin.”

Jesus’ series of trials began with an appearance before Annas, the high priest. “The high priest asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.” He wanted to know who Jesus had taught and what He had taught them. They wanted to know if there were any others who followed Jesus who would cause trouble in the future. Again, here, we see the grace of our Lord who did not make mention of the twelve. He made sure that the blows to come would fall on His head alone.

Jesus shames the religious leaders for their secrecy and hypocrisy with His response to the high priest’s question: “Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.” Jesus had come to reveal God to the world and specifically to the Jewish nation. He was not like the leaders of other Jewish sects who led their followers into the wilderness and taught them apart from society. Jesus was always in the cities, mingling with the people. He was not just a light to the world, but a light in the world and the light of the world.

Jesus continues, telling Annas, “Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.” There were many people besides His disciples who could testify to Jesus’ character and teaching. Many thousands had heard Him preach and had seen the miracles He had performed. There was no shortage of witnesses to call from. But the high priest and his cohorts knew that they would only have good things to say about Jesus.

So far, the Jews had only asked two questions of Jesus. They brought no charges or accusations because they didn’t have any. Jesus’ answers placed in glaring light the fact that He was innocent and that they, in fact, were guilty. The whole trial was a crime as Jewish law stipulated that no trial could be held at night and that no trial could commence without at least two witnesses. Jesus made sure the Jews knew exactly what they were doing. As Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck state in their commentary, “He pressed this point and exposed their hypocrisy. They knew the truth but loved error. They saw the light but loved darkness.”

Jesus ensured that those who opposed Him could not claim ignorance for this atrocity. They knowingly and willfully arrested an innocent man, put Him on trial, and treated Him like a criminal when they had no evidence to suggest that He was. In fact, all the evidence they had pointed to the fact that He was the sinless Son of God. But Jesus stood trial as an innocent man so that you and I would not have to stand trial as the guilty sinners that we are.

The French monk Ber­nard of Clair­vaux wrote:

O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, Thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory,
what bliss till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call Thee mine.

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered,
was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor,
vouchsafe to me Thy grace.

Dear friend, Jesus was declared guilty that you and I might be declared innocent`. But you have to make the decision to give your life to Him by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin. Here is how:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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