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 56.
John Piper said, “In Judas and Pilate and Herod and Jewish crowds and Gentile soldiers and our sin and Jesus’ lamblike submission, God delivered over His Son for our salvation. Nothing greater has ever happened.”
Most people feel some trepidation or uncertainty about their eternal future. They wonder about what comes after death and whether or not anything we do or say now will affect our eternal future. Well, what If I told you someone was in charge of life after death and eternity and you had the opportunity to gain eternal life by simply believing on Him? Would you take advantage of that opportunity?
Well, it turns out you can do just that. The person who is in charge of all life — before and after death — is Jesus Christ. He tells the Jewish religious leaders in this passage that just “as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.” You see, our life is given to us. The air we breath and the time that we live on is borrowed. It comes from Jesus Christ. He and God the Father are the only ones who possess life in and of themselves. They do not depend on anyone or anything for their existence. They are entirely self-sufficient.
One theologian said, “Our life is derived, but His life is original ‘in Himself.’ John 1:4 says, ‘In Him was life.’ The grave could not hold Him because He is the ‘Prince of Life.’ Jesus laid down His life and then took it up again. Because He has life in Himself, He can share that life with all who will trust Him.”
The life that Jesus possesses is eternal; it never ends. Eternal life can be extended to us if we believe on Jesus as our Savior. If we place our faith and trust in Him, He will ensure that we have eternal life with Him after we die. How can He do this? Because He has the authority to do so. In verse 27, He said God “hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” Everyone will face Jesus Christ at the end of their life as judge, and depending on what you did with Jesus in this present life will determine whether you spend eternity in hell or in heaven with the Lord. Our sentence — eternal life or eternal death — all hinges on what we do with Jesus Christ in this life.
In 1967, a young man by the name of Archie Fain murdered a young football player and raped the two girls who were with him. He was tried, convicted, and put in prison to serve his sentence. When it was announced that he was being paroled, there was a huge outcry against letting a murderer and rapist free in society. There was so much public protest that, on two separate occasions, Archie Fain’s parole was denied. Eventually, however, the denial was overridden by the Supreme Court.
During this time, a newspaper reporter decided to do a report on the man’s case. He spent hours talking to Archie Fain and discovered somehow he had chosen to believe on Jesus Christ in prison. Jesus had given him the gift of eternal life, and the man had become a “model prisoner.” The reporter said, “The man who was released the other day is not the same man who was put into prison.” When he was finally set free from prison, Archie Fain not only had a new life, but he had eternal life.
If Jesus can give a murderer and rapist like Archie Fain eternal life, surely He can give this great gift to anyone. He is in charge of all life and judgment. He has the authority to bestow upon you life or death, heaven or hell — yet He gives you a choice in the matter. Will you place your faith and trust in Him?
If you have not yet believed on Jesus Christ as your Saviour, here is how.
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 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 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.