The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 298)

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TEXT: John 18:12-18:

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

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

14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.

16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.

17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not.

18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

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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 298.

Blaise Pascal said, “Without Jesus Christ, man must be in vice and misery; with Jesus Christ, man is free from vice and misery. In Him is all our virtue and all our happiness. Apart from Him, there is but vice, misery, darkness, death, and despair.”

After Jesus was arrested, He was led away to the high priest’s palace to be put on trial. We learn that two disciples follow Him — Simon Peter and “another disciple” who was “known to the high priest.” This disciple was likely John the writer of this Gospel. The other disciple went in to the courtyard of Annas’ palace. He vouched for Peter with the young woman who kept the gate, and he, too, was allowed in. From here, Peter and John were able to see and hear some of what was going on concerning Jesus’ trial. By following Jesus, Peter was still trying to prove his loyalty, although in a misdirected fashion. Perhaps he had some fanciful idea about rescuing Jesus from his captors.

As he entered the courtyard of the high priest’s palace, the servant girl who was keeping the gate asked him, “Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples?” She was most likely asking out of curiosity considering the events of that night. But Peter likely thought it was important to keep his anonymity. He didn’t want to call attention to himself. On top of that, he was likely afraid of being arrested. So, he answered, “I am not.”

I believe this first denial slipped out before Peter even realized what he was saying. He just wanted to stay close to Jesus and find out what was going on and perhaps he was afraid he would be shut out if people found out who he was. But, while Peter may have set out to do something good, he demonstrated a lack of trust in God. His loyalty to Jesus should have come before any concerns about his own safety. John juxtaposes Peter’s denial with Jesus’ trial showing us the depths of the sin which Jesus was going to the cross to pay for. John MacArthur said, “The glory of Christ shines against the backdrop of the utter failure of his most noble, vociferous, verbally committed, and self-confident follower — Peter. In fact, it shows us the very kind of sin for which our Lord is headed to the cross. As ugly as Peter’s sins were, the punishment for all of these denials is about to be born by Jesus within a matter of a few hours. So in the darkness, grace shines, because this is just the kind of sin, sin at its worst, among those who belong to the Lord, whose penalty our Lord Himself paid.”

Peter was exactly the type of person Jesus came to die for — someone who was confident in himself, someone who thought he had it all figured out. But someone who ultimately failed when the big test came. We may not want to admit it now, but many of us are just like Peter: we think we have it all together only to find out that we are woefully insufficient at the moment of crisis. And, because of that, we ought to be glad that it was Jesus, not Peter, on trial that night. We ought to be glad that it was Jesus alone who went to the cross.

Ben Price wrote:

It was alone the Savior prayed
In dark Gethsemane;
Alone He drained the bitter cup
And suffered there for me.

It was alone the Savior stood
In Pilate’s judgment hall;
Alone the crown of thorns He wore
Forsaken thus by all.

Alone upon the cross He hung
That others He might save;
Forsaken then by God and man
Alone, His life He gave.

Can you reject such matchless love?
Can you His claim disown?
Come, give your all in gratitude,
Nor leave Him thus alone.

Dear friend, Jesus gave His life for you. But you have to make the decision to give your life to Him by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin. Here is how:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allow Me to Pull an Andrew On You (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #13)

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to pray without ceasing for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. This campaign is inspired by 1 Corinthians 2:2: “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” As well as Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” This is message number 13.


John 1:40-42:

40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

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Greg Laurie said, “To not share the Gospel is criminal. To not bring the Gospel message to others can even be a sin – a sin of omission. It would be like finding the cure for cancer but not sharing it with others. We have something even more significant than a cure for cancer. We have the cure to sin, and guilt and the cure for hell and the hope for heaven. How much more urgently do we need to get this message out?” Continue reading “Allow Me to Pull an Andrew On You (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #13)”

The Power of the Resurrection and the Backslidden Believer

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Part B


The Power of the Resurrection #1

TEXT: John 21:1-19

Our passage starts out with the words “after these things.” The things that the writer is referring to are the events of John chapter 20 which tell of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, His appearance to Mary Magdalene, and then His two appearances to the disciples — one where Thomas was not present, and one where he was present. Several Bible scholars believe that our passage for today serves primarily as an appendix to the book of John. John Walvoord and Roy Zuck state, “Some critics have argued that this chapter is anticlimactic after the great conclusion in chapter 20…” However, one of John’s purposes in this chapter is “to reveal how Jesus reinstated Peter after his great fall.” It is probably not in chronological order, and was tacked on to the end of the book in order to show Peter’s restoration to the group of disciples.

Simon Peter — one of the more prominent disciples, a member of Jesus’ inner circle, who had loudly and boldly proclaimed that he would never abandon Jesus Christ — not only abandoned Jesus when He was arrested and taken to be crucified, but he denied Him three times and said that he didn’t even know Him. I believe it is safe for us to call Peter a backslidden believer. Not only had he gone back on his word to the Lord, but now he was ready to go back on the occupation that Jesus Christ had called him and the other disciples to. He is ready to give up being a fisher of men and go back to being just a fisherman. The Bible tells us that he called Thomas, Nathaniel, James, John, and two other disciples, and said, “I go a fishing.”

Have you ever been at this place in your Christian life? Have you ever been a backslidden believer? Are you one now?

You made the decision to follow Jesus Christ, and you began to walk the straight and narrow way. But, somewhere along the way, you decide that you want to throw in the towel. Maybe it is because, like Peter, you feel like you let the Lord down. Maybe you feel like you cannot continue living as a Christian because of something terrible that you have done. Maybe you had different expectations about the Christian life and you are now discouraged and disappointed. Whatever the case, you either already have thrown in the towel or you are about to throw in the towel and go back to your old lifestyle. Either you already are or you are about to become a backslidden believer.

If you are that person today, please pay close attention, as I share with you what the resurrection of Jesus Christ means for the backslidden believer.

True Hope in Hopeless Times (Part 2)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #155

TEXT: Philippians 3:20-21

On last week, we began talking about hope — particularly the hope that believers have in these hopeless times. First, we looked at some misnomers about hope. Some Christians would tell you that their hope is in salvation, in death, or in Heaven itself. However, we saw from Scripture that none of those, though they may sound good, are the true hope of the church. Second, we saw from Scripture that our hope is a Person — Jesus Christ. And, third, we saw that our hope also involves an event surrounding that Person. That event is the Rapture when Jesus Christ snatches Christians out of this earth and takes them to be with Himself. That is a wonderful thing to look forward to.

Certainly you have watched a well-made action movie or read a well-written thriller. One of the things the movie director or writer tried to accomplish was to keep you in suspense at all times — to keep you on the edge of your seat or with your finger on the corner of the page ready to find out what happens next. Well, that is what the true hope of the church ought to do for us. We ought to be on our toes, eager with anticipation about what happens next. John Calvin said, ‘Be prepared to expect Him every day, or rather every moment. In his writings about the Rapture, Paul means to hold all believers in suspense.’

Today, I want us to look at three more aspects of the hope that we have — three things that we have to look forward to in the Rapture.

1. We look forward to the Rapture because it means being like Jesus. Philippians 3 tells us that “we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.” When the Rapture takes place, it involves a change that will cause us to receive glorified bodies like Jesus’ glorified body. John says, “We know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.”

2. We look forward to the Rapture because it means being with Jesus. To show you this, we must turn to John 14. In this chapter, Jesus tells his disciples, In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Listen to those words — “Where I am, there ye may be also.” When the Rapture takes place, it involves the church being taken out of this world in an instant and being taken to where Jesus is.

3. We look forward to the Rapture because of the certainty of the promise. Look again at Jesus’ words in John 14. He says, “I will come again.” He doesn’t say, “I’ll think about coming again” or “I might come again.” He doesn’t even say, “I will send my angels to get you.” No, He says, “I will come again.”

The reason why the church has true hope in hopeless times is because we are looking for the return of Christ and the Rapture of the church. We look forward to that great event because we know that at that point we will be like Him and we will be with Him forever. It’s a guarantee — it’s a promise — that no one can take away. Billy Graham summarized this hope well when he said, “Our world is filled with fear, hate, lust, greed, war, and utter despair. Surely the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the only hope of replacing these depressing features with trust, love, peace, and prosperity.”

The Mystery of the Gospel (Part 1)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #134

TEXT: Ephesians 3:1-13

When I was a child, I remember trying to read the Bible on my own. I found that after reading a few verses, I could not get much further. It was hard to understand, especially for someone who did not read much in the first place. In fact, I recall only reading one book completely through in my childhood. At that time, the Bible was like a mystery to me. Many people who tried to read the Bible before they came to know Jesus Christ as Savior have also testified to similar experiences.

A mystery is something that is hidden from plain view. Proverbs 25:2 tells us, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 1:6 also speaks of “the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.” One of the popular pastimes of the Oriental Middle East was the asking and answering of riddles. Perhaps, because much of what we know about the world today was not common knowledge back then, it was fun for people to make up riddles and challenge others to guess the answers.

As we see in our passage today, the Bible speaks of the “mystery of the Gospel.” Not only here in Ephesians 3, but in Ephesians 6 and Romans 16, the Bible calls the Gospel message a “mystery.” What is mysterious about the Gospel? That is what we are going to look at today.

John R.W. Stott, a British Christian leader who was once ranked by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world said, “in English, a mystery is something dark, obscure, secret, or puzzling.” Law enforcement agencies have detectives and people hire private investigators to solve mysteries surrounding criminal acts. However, Stott goes on to say, “the Greek word ‘mysterios’ is different. Although it still carries the meaning of ‘secrecy’, it is a secret that is no longer guarded, but open. More simply, a ‘mysterios’ is a truth hitherto hidden from human knowledge or understanding but is now disclosed by the revelation of God.” In other words, the mystery of the Gospel is one that was only hidden for a time. The mystery of the Gospel was always meant to be brought to the light.

So, let us put on our investigators’ hats and take a look at the mystery of the Gospel.

1. We see that the mystery was concealed. Verse 5 of our passage tells us that the mystery of the Gospel was “in other ages not made known unto the sons of men.” Down through ancient history — the period of the Old Testament — God’s ultimate plan of redemption was not fully revealed.

2. Now, let us look at the mystery revealed. As we mentioned earlier, the Gospel mystery is not meant to be concealed forever. At some point, God knew He would reveal the contents of this mystery to man. The Apostle Paul writes, “by revelation he made known unto me the mystery.” Paul goes on to say that this mystery “is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.”

3. Now, let us look at the mystery explained. It was not easy for everybody to understand and accept the mystery of the Gospel — especially since the majority of the first century church were Jewish. Paul says in verse 7 that he was “made a minister (of this Gospel mystery), according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” In other words, Paul was especially commissioned to preach this message of all people — Jews and Gentiles — being brought together in Christ.

+ Plus, listen to Bart Millard sings “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” and The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi singing “Jesus is a Rock”

7 Proofs That the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Really Happened (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #54 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Matthew 28:1-9: “…And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you…”

Peter Larson once said, “The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: ‘a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb.’ Jesus entered our world through a door marked, ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked ‘No Exit.'”

On yesterday, we looked at the reality of the virgin birth and saw how that it was essential for our salvation and for God’s plan of redemption. The virgin birth was indeed a miraculous event. And the event that we will talk about today is equally miraculous. We are talking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The resurrection is also one of the foundation stones of Christianity. Without the resurrection, as Christians, we have no real hope of life after death. If Jesus is not alive, then He is not preparing a home for us in Heaven. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:19: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” What Paul is saying is that if we only benefit from the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in this life, and have no hope beyond the grave, then we are just as good as dead. If Jesus was not resurrected, then we have no hope of being resurrected after death ourselves. So, for each of us, the stakes are high when it comes to the resurrection — eternity rests on whether or not the resurrection really happened.

I believe that God knew there would be many people who would refuse to believe that the resurrection happened, and that is why God left so much evidence behind to show that the resurrection of Jesus Christ did indeed take place. In fact, there is so much evidence surrounding the resurrection that we will not be able to cover all of it in this message, so we will deal with three evidences for the resurrection today and then look at more evidence on tomorrow.

1. The evidence of the empty tomb.

2. The evidence that the Bible records women as the first ones to learn that Jesus had been resurrected and the newsbearers of that fact.

3. The radical change in the lives of Jesus’ disciples is proof that Jesus rose from the dead

+ Plus, listen to Fred Hammond singing “Celebrate (He Lives)” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”