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 14.
43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Michael Rogness said, “Our task as Christians is not to ‘prove’ the truth of the Christian faith, although many scholars have written persuasively of the truth of Christianity. Our task is not even to persuade others to become Christian. Our task is to say, ‘Come and see.’”
John’s account of the beginning days of Jesus’ ministry continues with the call of Philip. We are not told much about Philip joining Jesus’ team of disciples, just that Jesus told him, “Follow me,” and he did. The other Gospel accounts inform us that Jesus had previously encountered Philip, and evidently, Philip was already convinced that Jesus was the Messiah so he did not express any reservations or doubt about following Jesus here.
In fact, we are immediately told that Philip goes and finds somebody else, a man named Nathaniel, and tells him, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Philip, like Andrew, had the mind to share the good news of the Messiah’s arrival with others. Philip, however, refers to Jesus as “the son of Joseph,” indicating that he did not fully understand Jesus’ nature. However, his lack of understanding did not hinder him from telling others about what he knew. That ought to inspire us today: you don’t have to be a theologian or a seminary graduate to tell someone about Jesus Christ. Use what you know, introduce people to Jesus, and let God do the rest. That is what we see in Philip’s actions.
Nathaniel, at first, expresses doubt about Jesus’ origin. He says, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” He, like many people today, was a skeptic. The fact that Jesus came from Nazareth was a stumbling block for him. He thought that the Messiah would certainly come out of one of the larger, more important cities such as Jerusalem or Hebron. Many people today pass Jesus by because He came as a vulnerable infant and took the path of the suffering servant. We want a hero who descends from the sky with lightning and thunder, but that is not what God gives us.
How does Philip, who himself knows very little about this Jesus, respond to Nathaniel? He simply says, “Come and see.” He doesn’t try to prove that Jesus is who He says He is. He doesn’t try to convince Nathaniel of Jesus’ true nature. He simply says, “Come and see.” That’s our job — to introduce people to Jesus. When the British Bible scholar, J.B. Phillips, translated the Gospels, he was impressed by the personality of Jesus and how He drew others to himself. He concluded that there must have been something extraordinary about His person that affected those with whom he came into contact. He stated that there must have been something magnetic about Jesus’ personality to have such an immediate effect on people.
When people met God in the flesh, they knew that they had encountered Someone different. They couldn’t explain it all at first. But, if they chose to place their faith and trust in Him — like Andrew did, like Peter did, like Philip did, like millions have done down through history — their lives would never be the same.
If you don’t know this Jesus, I invite you to get to know Him today. I know you don’t understand everything about Him right now, but the only way to get to know Him is to come and see
The basics about Jesus Christ and why He came to earth are captured in John 3:16 which 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.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.