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What Hath Jesus Wrought?, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 133)

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TEXT: John 9:34-38

34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

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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 133.

Adrian Rogers said, “I have not suffered a lot for Christ, but I want to tell you that those times that I have suffered and I knew it was for Jesus, have been some of the happiest times of my entire life. I cannot tell you the indescribable joy that has come into my heart and my life.”

In the aftermath of his miraculous healing, the formerly blind man has a progressive understanding of who Jesus is and how he should relate to this Man who opened his eyes. First, he saw Jesus as just a man; then he decided that he was a prophet; then he understood that Jesus was some kind of religious leader — someone whom he could follow as a disciple. And then, standing before the disapproving religious leaders, the man boldly stated that Jesus was sent from God. At that statement, the religious leaders cast him out of the Temple and banned him from participating in Jewish religious life.

Now what? The man was healed of his blindness which had handicapped him and cut him off from society for over thirty years. But, now that he has been excommunicated from Jewish religious society, other Jews, including his family members, will not want to associate with him. He is effectively back to square one — an outcast, now handicapped by his devotion to Jesus — a Man he barely knows.

While it seems like the world has turned its back on this man, we find that Jesus has not. Jesus, being God, knew all that had been going on. The Bible tells us that “Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”

Essentially, Jesus is offering this man a new community to be a part of — the community of those who believe in Him. This leads us to ask, ‘Why did Jesus deal with this man in this way? Why did he heal the man, and then allow him to be tested and persecuted before confirming him as a believer in Himself?’ Some might say that it seems unfair to the man or that Jesus was putting works before faith. But that is not the case. Jesus was simply letting this man know the costs of following Him upfront.

Jesus routinely did this with other prospective disciples. One man wanted to go and say goodbye to his family; but Jesus said, ‘No, to be My follower means to leave your family behind.’ Another man said he needed to go and bury his father; but Jesus said, ‘No, let the dead bury their dead. You come and follow Me.’ Jesus also told another man that He needed to give up His wealth in order to be a true disciple; but that man went away sorrowful because he had much wealth and did not want to part with it in order to follow Jesus.

So, Jesus was just following protocol with the formerly blind man. Jesus was saying to him, ‘It’s great that you have regained your sight. However, if you follow Me, you will not always be accompanied by wonderful experiences. You will more often face rejection and persecution. Are you willing to face that for My sake? Are you willing to be my true disciple?’

Jesus deals with us the same way today. He tells us upfront, ‘In the world, ye shall have tribulation.’ ‘Ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake… Men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely.’ In light of all that, He asks us, ‘Will you follow Me? Will you value eternal life and a relationship with God over physical comfort and acceptance by society in the present day?’ That is the question that this formerly blind man had to answer. And it is a question that we must answer today?

So, have you decided to follow Jesus? If you have, here is how you can accept Him into your heart 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.