What Hath Jesus Wrought?, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 126)

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TEXT: John 9:8-12

8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

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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 126.

Adrian Rogers said, “The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.”

We pick up this passage in the aftermath of Jesus’ miraculous healing of the man born blind. As you know, Jesus told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam in order to be healed. Well, he was blind when he went there, and as he washed the clay off his face, he found that he could see. You can imagine that, for him, it was like being born again. He had never seen before, but now he can see. It was a transformative event in his life. Naturally, he starts on his way home to go and tell his family about the amazing thing that Jesus did for him.

Now, the text introduces us to “the neighbors.” “The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?” You and I can identify with the neighbors. Early that morning, they saw this man with his back bent, his head down, shuffling along with his left arm out to make sure he doesn’t bump into anything, tapping a cane in front of him to make sure he doesn’t stumble or fall on his way to the busy streets of the city so he could sit and beg. They knew this man’s parents, and felt a little tinge of sympathy every time they saw the blind man.

Now, however, they see a man walking confidently, with his back straight, his head up, without his cane, and with his arms swinging at his sides. They are shocked and amazed. Can it be the same man? It is too hard to believe. The neighbors start staring, pointing, and talking. The Bible says, “Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him.” They call him over as they voice their doubts. And, the Bible says, “He said, I am he.”

Next, they want to know how, all of a sudden, he can see. They ask, “How were thine eyes opened?” The man responds, “A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.”

The man, of course, was blind when he met Jesus, so he doesn’t know what Jesus looks like. However, he has no doubts about what Jesus did for him. He is bold in his answers to their questions. This man’s transformation is a picture of the transformation that the Gospel brings in people’s lives. No one who has grown used to living one way can come in contact with Jesus and go on living the same way as before. When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he was transformed from a bloodthirsty hater of Christians to the most influential Christian evangelist of all time.

You might be one of those people who say, ‘I’ll never change. There’s no hope for me.’ You may have tried rehab. You may have tried counseling. You may have tried pills. You may have tried self-help books and personal empowerment seminars. You might say, ‘I’ve tried everything.’ But, until you’ve tried Jesus, you haven’t.

Your problem is most likely not physical blindness. But a problem we all share is spiritual blindness and spiritual death. That is what Jesus came to cure. But you must come to Him and obey the Gospel by believing in Him in order to be healed. I guarantee you, like the blind man in our passage, your life will never be the same. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is There Suffering in the World? Jesus Provides an Answer, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 125)

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TEXT: John 9:1-7

1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

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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 125.

Albert Barnes said, “Christianity may produce agitation, anger, tumult as at Ephesus; but the diffusion of the pure gospel of Christ, and the establishment of the institutions of honesty and virtue, at whatever cost, is a blessing to mankind.”

After Jesus refutes the disciples’ questioning over the reason why the blind man was in his condition, He begins the process of healing the blind man. The Bible says, “When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.”

Now, spitting on the ground to make mud, and putting the mud on the man’s eyes is not a very attractive way to heal blindness. Most of us would balk if someone tried to put their spit and/or dirt on our faces. (Fortunately, the blind man didn’t know what hit him.) However, what seems strange to us, was not so strange to the people of Jesus’ day. Scholars tell us that many people of that time believed that spittle had some curative properties. According to one tradition, the saliva of a fasting person was said to heal certain eye disorders.

We don’t know why Jesus used this method. Obviously, the healing was in neither the saliva nor the mud, as Jesus normally spoke the word or touched the sick person in order to manifest healing. Scholars believe that Jesus sometimes changed His methods so that people could not reduce His healing to a formula. Jesus wanted people to know that the healing occurred because of the power of God, not because of a certain method.

Warren Wiersbe said, “Our Lord’s method of healing was unique: He put clay on the man’s eyes and told him to go wash. Once Jesus healed two blind men by merely touching their eyes, and He healed another blind man by putting spittle on his eye. Though the healing power was the same, our Lord varied His methods lest people focus on the manner of healing and miss the message in the healing. There were at least two reasons for our Lord’s use of the clay. For one thing, it was a picture of the Incarnation. God made the first man out of the dust, and God sent His Son as a real Man. Note the emphasis on the meaning of ‘Siloam’ — ‘sent.’ And relate this to John 9:4, ‘The works of Him that sent Me.’ Jesus gave a little illustration of His own coming to earth, sent by the Father. The second reason for the clay was irritation; it encouraged the man to believe and obey! If you have ever had an irritation in your eyes, you know how quickly you seek irrigation to cleanse it out! You might compare this ‘irritation’ to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit as He uses God’s Law to bring the lost sinner under judgment.”

After anointing the man’s eyes with the mud, Jesus tells him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” The man obediently goes to the pool, washes, and returns seeing. This took faith. This man could have objected on reason of his blindness. He could have said he didn’t have anyone to help him (like the man at the Pool of Bethesda). He could have been upset because Jesus had slapped mud on his face without warning. He probably had heard of how Jesus had healed others in ways that did not involve bathing in a pool and could have asked, ‘What difference would it make?’ If the blind man had done any of that, he would have continued on in his suffering. But this man obeyed and received his sight.

Much of Jesus’ ministry was made up (metaphorically speaking) of mud being slapped in people’s faces. Even as He did many things that people liked and agreed with, Jesus said and did many things that people did not like and found offensive. He called the religious leaders on their hypocrisy and self-righteousness. He criticized the present religious establishment, turning over tables and throwing out merchandise in the Temple. He preached of Hell and the judgment to come. He told people to repent of their sins and change their lifestyles. He declared that He alone was the Way, the Truth, and the Life — all other ways were false and misleading.

Many today do not like the Gospel. They don’t like being called sinners. They don’t like being told that Jesus is the only way to God and Heaven. This is mud in their faces. Or, in Biblical terms, it is a stumblingblock and foolishness. First Corinthians 1 declares, “We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness…” That is how many see the Gospel, and so they don’t obey it. They don’t believe in Jesus Christ, and continue on through their suffering in this life to a greater suffering in Hell.

But, I challenge you today to accept this mud, this stumblingblock, this foolishness. Obey the Gospel, believe on Christ, and, like the blind man, the mud will give way to sight, the stumblingblock will give way to salvation, and the foolishness will give way to everlasting union with the Heavenly Father. The rest of the passage in First Corinthians reads, “But unto them which are called,” that which is a stumblingblock and foolishness becomes “Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

Don’t let the offensiveness of the Gospel keep you back from the blessings that God wants to give you through Jesus Christ. Allow me to show you 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.”

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

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

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

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

Why is There Suffering in the World? Jesus Provides an Answer, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 124)

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TEXT: John 9:1-7

1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

———-

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 124.

Elisabeth Elliot said, “We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others.”

How does Jesus respond to the suffering in the world? Ultimately, He came to deliver us from our suffering by delivering us from our sins and the eternal punishment of sin. But, as long as we are alive on this earth, we — even as Christians — will face suffering and pain. We see Jesus’ reaction to suffering in His response to the blind man in our passage.

Whereas the disciples were quick to debate the cause of suffering, Jesus was ready to alleviate the suffering. The disciples stood around questioning whose sin had caused the suffering, but Jesus declared that God’s work would be done in the midst of that suffering, and then He got to doing God’s work. Unfortunately, we are often like the disciples. We stand around and shake our heads as others go through grief and pain. We speculate and gossip about why such-and-such happened to so-and-so… and many of us don’t think about lifting a finger to help. Shame on us.

Shame, also, on the intellectual types who sit around trying to figure out why there is suffering and evil in the world and why God would allow suffering and evil in the world, yet don’t work to alleviate the suffering and evil in the world.

Not so with Jesus! Jesus says, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” At this point in Jesus’ ministry, scholars believe that less than a year remained before the time of His crucifixion. Jesus knew that He had a limited amount of time on this Earth. He came ready to work, ready to carry out His Father’s tasks. He did not waste time in pointless arguments. He did what He could to help those whom He came in contact with.

When we see people suffering or being afflicted by evil, it is not an opportunity for worrying or wondering, but an opportunity for working.

Jesus’ work was vitally important because He knew His time was running out. He said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” But, He knew the night was coming. Jesus knew the day of His arrest and trial was on the horizon. He knew that afterwards He would return home to the Father. That is why Jesus remained on point, constantly moving forward toward His goal. His was a life of action and progress that set an example for all who would follow.

The lesson for us is that we, too, should work to alleviate the suffering and pain of others. But, we ought not to only focus on physical relief, but spiritual relief as well. The only true spiritual relief comes through Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. And, we can only give that spiritual relief to others if we have the Light of the World living inside of us.

Allow me to show you how you can receive the Light of the World into your life today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is There Suffering in the World? Jesus Provides an Answer, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 123)

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TEXT: John 9:1-7

1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

———-

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 123.

Marcus Dods said, “Evil furthers the work of God in the world. It is in conquering and abolishing evil that He is manifested. The question for us is not where suffering has come from, but what are we to do with it.”

One of the questions that men and women have sought the answer to for centuries is: Why is there suffering in the world? We naturally feel that if God is good, and if the world He made is good, then there should be no suffering, especially suffering by those who are innocent or unable to help themselves. In this account of Jesus’ encounter with a blind man, we see one of God’s reasons for allowing suffering in the world.

We read that, “as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.” This man had it very hard. He was born not being able to see. He didn’t know what the blue sky looks like, he didn’t know the faces of his mother and father; he had never seen a multi-colored rainbow. He was born blind.

Seeing that he was born blind, you would think that people would show him some compassion and give him the benefit of the doubt. But, that is not the case. Jesus’ disciples immediately jump to conclusions about the reason why this man was born blind. They say, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” In their minds, the only reason why this man could not see was because of some specific sin either on his part or on the part of his parents.

Jesus refutes this notion when He says, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents…” Now, Jesus is not saying that this man or his parents were sinless. He was simply saying that this man’s blindness was not the result of a specific sin committed either by the man or his parents. Of course, the man and his parents were sinners, for all are sinners. The man’s blindness was simply a condition that came about as a result of the fallen nature of the human race. David Guzik said, “Birth defects and other such tragedies are sometimes due to sinful behavior of the parents. Yet far more often – and in the case Jesus spoke of here – it is due simply to sin and our fallen condition in general, not due to any specific sin. The sin of Adam set the principle of death and its associated destruction in the world and we have had to deal with it ever since.”

In other words, even as a newborn who has done nothing wrong, you already have marks against you because you are a person with a sinful nature born into a sin-cursed world. You do not have to do anything in order for bad things to happen to you. Simply by living in this world, you will be susceptible to suffering, pain, and death.

Why would God allow such a condition to persist in the world? Why would God allow this man to be born blind? Jesus tells us the reason is “that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” This means that although we live in a sin-cursed world — which, in no way, is God’s fault — God reaches into the world, takes the suffering, evil, pain, and death that goes on here, and makes something good out of it. God takes what is evil and turns it into something that brings Him glory. He allows this type of suffering so that we might see that He is giving us a better way.

No matter what kind of suffering or pain you are experiencing or have experienced, God will allow you to go through it so that you will realize that his world cannot satisfy you. He wants you to remain restless in your current condition. He wants you to realize just how bad of a place you are in. And then he wants you to turn to him.

This blind man may have never known that he needed Jesus until he realized that he had no other way out of his blindness. God allowed him to experience temporary suffering on earth so that he could escape eternal suffering in Hell. As C.S. Lewis said, ‘Suffering is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.’ Some people try to cope with their pain, and they only realize that they need Jesus as a last resort. God allows much suffering to continue so that people will come to the realization that they need Him. And once they have Him, they will look back on their suffering, and see that it was worth it in the end.

Whether or not you are suffering right now, God wants you to come to Him. He wants you to open your eyes to the truth and let Jesus save you from sin and from eternal suffering in Hell. Here is how you can accept 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 e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

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

GLMX #129: It’s Time to Take Off That Mask

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Have you ever worn a mask? Perhaps you wore one to a costume party, to play a joke on a friend, or in a school play as a child. But, did you know that many people wear masks everyday?

Psychologists tells us that people wear masks for a variety of reasons. Some people wear masks in an attempt to be someone who they are not. Some people wear masks to try to hide the hurt and pain they feel from their past experiences. And some people wear masks in an attempt to hide their sins and failures from God and from others.

The Bible tells us in several places that trying to hide things from God is futile. In Jeremiah 16:17, God says, “Mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.” The Bible also says in Numbers 32:23: “…be sure your sin will find you out.” Ecclesiates 12:14 also says, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

God does not want you to live wearing a mask — running from your past and hiding who He created you to be. He knows all about your faults and failures. And He has done something about them. Two thousand years ago, he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and accept the punishment for your sins, failures, and faults that you deserve. He shed his own blood so you wouldn’t have to. And 1 John 1:7 says, “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

Instead of hiding the sins of your past, and continuing to wear a mask, you can bring it all before the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will wash you, cleanse you, and make you a new person in Him.

+ Plus listen to Chris and Conrad singing “Let It Out”

Four Things Jesus Finished on the Cross

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #17 | with Daniel Whyte III

John 19:30: “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

This verse in John relates to us some of the agony that Jesus experienced on the cross. As Jesus Christ hung on the cross in tremendous suffering and pain that day, he uttered seven statements. His sixth statement was “It is finished.” These three little words carry a lot of meaning.

Today, we will examine what Jesus meant when he said, “it is finished” as he hung on the cross.

I. The first thing that Jesus finished on the cross was the fulfillment of prophecy.

II. The second thing that Jesus finished on the cross was His personal suffering.

III. The third thing that Jesus finished on the cross was the conquest of Satan.

IV. The fourth thing that Jesus finished on the cross is a perfect salvation.

+ Plus, listen to The Katinas singing “Everlasting God”