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Jesus the Triumphant, Part 16 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 192)

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TEXT: John 12:42-45

42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

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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 192.

J. Hampton Keathley III said, “In Jesus, we have One who has virtually changed every aspect of human life, but sadly, most people are completely oblivious to the reality of how He has so completely impacted the world. No one else is qualified or capable to meet the needs of fallen humanity or restore that which was lost by Adam in the fall of man.”

As we continue looking at Jesus’ last public teaching before His crucifixion, we see that He begins to express even more the urgency of the matter of believing on Him. The text tells us that “Jesus cried out”; this was something He rarely did. The word “cry” means ‘to speak with a loud voice, to cry aloud, to vociferate.’ It is in the imperfect tense, meaning that Jesus continuously cried out; He spoke loudly and urgently again and again. This was His last message to the Jews and He wanted to make sure that they heard Him clearly.

Regarding this passage, Warren Wiersbe wrote: “There were those who would not believe, and there were those who would not openly confess Christ even though they had believed. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea belonged to this group initially, but eventually came out openly in their confession of Christ. In the early church, there were numbers of Pharisees and even priests. It was the old struggle between the glory of God and the praise of men. It was a costly thing to be excommunicated, and these “secret believers” wanted the best of both worlds.

“In John 12:44-50 we have our Lord’s last message before He ‘hid Himself’ from the people. Again, the emphasis was on faith. A number of the basic themes in John’s Gospel run through this message: God sent the Son; to see the Son means to see the Father, Jesus is the Light of the world; His words are the very words of God; faith in Him brings salvation; to reject Him is to face eternal judgment. In fact, the very Word that He spoke will judge those who have rejected it and Him!”

In these final words, Christ saw fit to re-emphasize His connection with the Father. He did not back down from identifying Himself with God. Instead, He said, “He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.” Jesus represented Himself as the avenue, the way, the door through which one might truly believe on God.

Today, we are told that there are many ways to God and that one way is just as good as any other. The Jewish religious leaders had people believing that the way to God was through studying Scripture, obeying the law, and following the traditions of their forefathers.

In our society, we face the pressure to not proclaim Jesus as the one and only way. It is okay to proclaim Jesus as a Savior among saviors, but it is frowned on to say that Jesus is the only Savior. However, among the pantheon of religious luminaries, Jesus is the only one to declare Himself to be the exclusive way to God the Father. Moses never claimed this; he pointed the Jews to another “prophet” who would come. Muhammad never claimed this; historians tell us that, at the end of his life, he was not even sure if he would make it into Paradise. No one, but Jesus, ever cried out, “He that believes on me, believes on God; He that sees me, sees God.” A person with such audacity cannot be dismissed.

The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” If you had to know a secret word to get into Heaven, that password would be the name of Jesus. John Piper said, “Jesus is absolutely unique. He is absolutely supreme among all the gods and lords of the world religions. Knowing him and believing on his name is absolutely necessary for salvation. For since the cross and resurrection there is no other way to God and to heaven.”

What does it mean to know Jesus, to believe on Jesus, to, as our text says, “see” Jesus? It means that you must, somewhere in your life, hear about Jesus as a specific Person (the only begotten Son of God) who did a specific work (dying on the cross for the sins of the world and rising from the dead) for a specific result (that whosoever believeth on him might be saved).

There is no one else who fits this criteria, but Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and the Savior of the world.

There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our soul’s diseases,
No, not one! No, not one!

Did ever saint find this Friend forsake him?
No, not one! No, not one!
Or sinner find that He would not take him?
No, not one! No, not one!

Was ever a gift like the Savior given?
No, not one! No, not one!
Will He refuse us a home in Heaven?
No, not one! No, not one!

Here is how you can receive Him as your Savior 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.