TEXT: John 5:24-27
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
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 therefore, and teach all nations” 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 55.
John Wycliffe said, “It is not good for us to trust in our merits, in our virtues or our righteousness; but only in God’s free pardon, as given us through faith in Jesus Christ.”
As we saw from this passage on yesterday, those who hear Jesus’ words and believe on Him immediately pass from spiritual death to spiritual life. That is the effect a relationship with God through Jesus Christ has on a person’s life. For thousands of years, people were commanded to sacrifice animals and to faithfully keep rituals and religious observances, yet they remained dead in their sins.
In His remarks to the Jewish religious leaders, Jesus informs them that a change is taking place right before their eyes. He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” The sacrifices and religious rituals of the Old Testament were always meant to be temporary. Galatians 3:24 says, “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ.” When Jesus came on the scene, God was announcing that everything would be different. “The hour is coming and now is…” Sacrifices and rituals would no longer be necessary to be in right standing with God. Jesus, the living Savior, walked with us on this earth and spoke to us. He is Immanuel, God with us, in the flesh. He is the lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. To know Jesus is to know God. We do not need animal sacrifices or rituals when we have the living God.
Imagine that you have a well-known family member you have never met. You might look at old photos of that person. You might watch home videos of that person. You might hear a recording of their voice. Other people might tell you stories of that person’s life. But nothing measures up to when that person arrives and you meet them for yourself, when you touch them and hear their voice for the first time with your own ears. That is what it was like when Jesus came to earth. Previously, we only had the stories, photos, and voice recordings; but, now, we have the living God himself — Immanuel, God with us.
Because Jesus came, poor sinners like us have an opportunity to hear His words and pass from death to life. Jesus said, “the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” Jesus’ words are powerful; they are the words of God Himself. If God could create the world with just His words, surely He can save human souls with just His words. Warren Wiersbe said, “How are dead sinners raised from the dead? By hearing God’s Word and believing on God’s Son. Jesus healed the paralyzed man at the pool by His word. Each time He raised somebody from the dead, He spoke the word. His Word is ‘living and powerful’ and can raise sinners from spiritual death… To hear His word and believe means salvation; to reject His Word means condemnation.”
In the Bible, hearing does not simply mean the reception of sound by our ears; it also entails acting on what is heard. Have you ever heard the phrase, “to hear is to obey”? You might think it comes from the Arabian Nights or the Chronicles of Narnia; but it goes much further back than those popular stories. It comes from the Jewish word, “shema.” In our English Bibles, the word “shema” is typically translated “hear.” But, when the Jews used this word, they meant both hearing and acting on what was heard. Jesus, being a Jewish rabbi speaking to Jewish religious leaders, would have communicated the same thing. He said, “the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” Not only must those who are spiritually dead “hear” Jesus’ words, but they must obey them.
We will not be born again by simply hearing Jesus’ words; we must act on them, we must obey them. Will you hear AND obey Jesus today so that you can pass from death to life?
If you have not yet believed on Jesus Christ as your Saviour, here is how.
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.”
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 I want to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Him as my Savior and 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 GospelLightSociety.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 email@example.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.