Religious but Lost, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 64)

TEXT: John 5:43-47

43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.

47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

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 64.

D.A. Carson said, “If scrupulous adherence to the law brings people to hope for salvation in the law itself and to reject the Messiah to whom the law pointed, then the law itself, and its human author, Moses, must stand up in outraged accusation.”

Jesus was not personally offended that the Jews refused to believe on Him. In fact, I think he felt sorry for them because of how they allowed their pride and hatred to blind them to the truth. But, more importantly, Jesus knew that, if given the chance, they would have rejected the testimony of the man they revered the most — Moses.

Jesus says, “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.” The Jewish faith and religious practice was founded on the first 5 books of the Old Testament written by Moses. All of the laws, doctrine, rules, and regulations that the Jewish religious leaders tried to hide behind were contained in the books of Moses. Yet, Jesus says that it is these very same writings that condemned them. Shockingly to them, The Lord points out that when they stand before God at the judgment, Moses will be the one pointing the finger of accusation.

Jesus said, “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.” If the Jews were truly studying the Scripture and committed to God’s word, they would have easily seen how Moses’ writings spoke of the coming of Jesus Christ. They would have been able to look in the writings of Moses and then look at the life of Christ and see the similarities. How did Moses write about Jesus Christ hundreds of years before He was to come?

1. Moved by the Spirit of God, Moses prophesied in Deuteronomy 18:15, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him shall ye hear.” This “prophet” was none other than Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

2. When Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, he was demonstrating the work that Christ would do. In fact, in His discussion with Nicodemus, a prominent Jewish religious leader, Jesus used this event and applied it to Himself and to His eventual crucifixion. Yet, the Jews did not realize this when it happened.

All throughout the books of Moses we find vignettes and shadows of the Truth and Light that was to come. In the sacrificial system, in the Passover, in the giving of the manna, in the rock that brought forth water, in the work of the Levitical priests — everywhere we look, we see Jesus. With all of their scholarly knowledge about Moses and the Law, with all the time they spent memorizing, debating, and interpreting the Old Testament, the Jewish religious leaders — of all people — should have been able to see what was going on. Yet, because they did not have true love for God in their hearts and because they were only concerned about their own status and image, they missed the greatest event in history because of their stubborn refusal to believe.

Jesus says, “If ye believe not his writings [Moses’ writings], how shall ye believe my words?” Too often, we think that ignorance of the truth is an obstacle to belief, and it is. But here we see that the opposite is true as well. Refusal to accept the truth that one has right in front of him is a damning obstacle to belief. Once a person takes that first step of faith on the proverbial staircase, they will be able to see far enough to take the next step.

The Jews had plenty of evidence that Jesus was the Messiah — they had the testimony of John, the testimony of Jesus’ miracles, the voice of God straight from Heaven, and five whole books of the Bible to take into consideration — not counting the over 350 specific predictions made by Old Testament prophets regarding the Messiah. They didn’t need more information; they were just unwilling to believe.

Dear friend, that leaves you with a choice. You have plenty of evidence and incentive to believe in Jesus Christ. Perhaps the real reason why you have yet to believe is because you, like the Jews, have been trusting in your own form of religion, your own way of doing life, and your pride won’t let you give that up. I urge you not to make the same mistake that the Jews made. You can make the choice today to believe in Jesus Christ and let him take control of your life. Here is how:

John 3:16 states, “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.” In his commentary on this passage, David Guzik wrote: “The fact that God gave His only begotten Son describes both the expression and the gift of God’s love. God’s love didn’t just feel for the plight of a fallen world. God did something about it, and He gave the most precious thing to give: His only begotten Son.

“The phrase ‘whoever believes in Him’ describes the recipient of God’s love. God loves the world, but the world does not receive or benefit from that love until it believes in Jesus, the gift that the Father gave. Believes in means much more than intellectual awareness or agreement. It means to trust in, to rely on, and to cling to.

“The phrase ‘should not perish’ describes the intention of God’s love. God’s love actually saves man from eternal destruction. God looks at fallen humanity, does not want it to perish, and so in His love He extends the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Finally, ‘everlasting life’ describes the duration of God’s love. The love we receive among people may fade or turn, but God’s love will never change. He will never stop loving His people, even unto the furthest distance of eternity.

“We may say there are Seven Wonders in John 3:16.

God – The Almighty Authority
So loved the world – The Mightiest Motive
That He gave His only begotten Son – The Greatest Gift
That whoever – The Widest Welcome
Believes in Him – The Easiest Escape
Should not perish – The Divine Deliverance
But have everlasting life – The Priceless Possession

“If there is one sentence more than another which sums up the message of the Fourth Gospel, it is this. The love of God is limitless; it embraces all mankind. No sacrifice was too great to bring its unmeasured intensity home to men and women: the best that God had to give, he gave – his only Son, his well-beloved.”

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.”

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 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.

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