TEXT: John 17:24-26:
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
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 294.
Blaise Pascal said, “Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; we do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ.”
As we come to the close of Jesus’ prayer that He prayed for the disciples and for us, there is one overarching theme that is apparent. The theme is that of knowing God. Jesus prayed, “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.”
Everything about Jesus’ coming into the world comes down to the theme of the world knowing God. The Greek word for “know” does not simply denote head knowledge. It is not knowing about God, but becoming acquainted with Him the same way one becomes acquainted with a new close friend. Because Jesus is one with the Father, He knows the Father better than anyone. He came to show the world, which does not know God, who God is.
At the time of Jesus’ prayer, the world still did not know God. Even the Jews, who had the most book knowledge about God, did not really know God. In fact, many of them were intent on doing away with Jesus Christ, the very image of God whom they refused to recognize. From this perspective, it looked like Jesus’ mission to help the world know God would have ended in failure, and Jesus would have died in vain with no one to carry on the work that He began.
But Jesus had His disciples. He prayed, “I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name…” Jesus knew God, and the disciples knew Jesus. Through Jesus, the disciples came to know God. They did not know everything about God, but they knew that God had sent Jesus. Jesus had declared unto them the name of God not just through His words, but through His actions. And He said, “I will continue to declare it.” The crucifixion of Christ was going to be the biggest declaration of God’s character that the disciples and the world had ever seen. Everyone would see God willing to sacrifice His innocent Son for sinful humanity.
Why was it so important for Jesus to show the disciples who God is? Jesus answers in the closing line of His prayer with these words: “that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” Jesus prayed for God’s love to inhabit His disciples — the very same unconditional love that prompted God to send Jesus into the world. The disciples would need this love to show toward each other and toward the world. They would also need for Jesus to come and live within them that they might show forth the same desire to teach, preach, and show the world what God is like.
What the disciples did upon Jesus’ resurrection is the same thing that we ought to be doing today — showing God’s love to the world and showing the world who God is. We can do these things by the power of the Holy Spirit because Jesus prayed for us and God answered His prayer.
Eliza Hewitt wrote:
More about Jesus would I know,
More of His grace to others show;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.
More about Jesus let me learn,
More of His holy will discern;
Spirit of God my teacher be,
Showing the things of Christ to me.
More about Jesus; on His throne,
Riches in glory all His own;
More of His kingdom’s sure increase;
More of His coming, Prince of Peace.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.