TEXT: John 17:1-4:
1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
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 280.
Charles Spurgeon said, “The heart of Christ became like a reservoir in the midst of the mountains. All the tributary streams of iniquity and every drop of the sins of his people ran down and gathered into one vast lake, deep as hell and shoreless as eternity. All these met, as it were, in Christ’s heart, and he endured them all.”
As Jesus opened His prayer, He expressed His desire to glorify God through His work on the cross — the work that He was about to do. He asked God to glorify — sustain, strengthen, enable, and empower — Him that He might, in turn, glorify the Father. The way in which God would be glorified would be through the successful completion of the saving work on the cross.
This is expressed in verse 2 when Jesus says, “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.” This sentence embodies a wonderful truth about salvation. It tells us that no one is beyond Jesus’ power to save. When God sent Jesus into the world, He gave His Son power over all flesh. Jesus can save anybody. Nobody is beyond the reach of God’s grace. The blood shed on Calvary will never run dry. Andrae Crouch said the “Blood will never lose its power.”
Jesus has this power over all men in order to “give eternal life to as many” as God has given to Him. As one commentator said, we often think of Jesus as God’s gift to us, yet Jesus’ words confirm that we are just as much God’s gift to Him. We do not understand how all of that works, but that is what the Bible teaches. Consequently, seeing that we already belong to Jesus< if we are saved, we ought to offer every part of our life to Him that He may use us as He sees fit.
In light of this teaching that God “gives” people to the Son, ‘Is it God’s fault that some people do not receive eternal life?’ No, it is their fault. Jesus’ prayer clearly limits those who will receive eternal life to those who believe in Him. He says, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Those who do not know God and Jesus Christ in a real, personal way will not receive eternal life. It is as simple as that. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” In this prayer, Jesus is not saying that God purposely leaves some people out of the redemptive work; He is simply speaking of the reality that some people will refuse to believe on Christ in order to know God, and thus will miss out on eternal life.
Gerald Borchert explains, “Suffice it to state briefly that while God’s intention is that everyone or all people should be given eternal life, receiving this bestowal is inseparably linked to knowing God through his only begotton Son Jesus Christ. Great care must be taken in not overinterpreting the words in this passage to limit the number God has given to the Son because the point of the prayer is not to categorize people as those who are to be ‘in’ and those who are to be left ‘out.’ The point of this petition and its explication is that Jesus submitted and was obedient to God’s purpose for him.”
Too often, when we pray, we ask God to bless our agenda and bring our agenda to pass. We pray for our will to be done on earth and in heaven. We never stop to consider what God’s plan might be for a certain situation. This might be partly because we know God’s plan could very well include suffering, pain, and difficulty — just like it did for Jesus. We should not turn away from whatever path God might lay before us. As we see with Jesus, God’s plans always work out for the good. And, like Jesus, before we embark on any great endeavor, we ought to take our concerns, worries, and weaknesses to God in prayer, asking Him to strengthen us and empower us for the journey ahead.
William McDonald wrote:
I am coming to Jesus for rest,
Rest such as the purified know;
My soul is athirst to be blest,
To be washed and made whiter than snow.
In coming, my sin I deplore,
My weakness and poverty show;
I long to be saved evermore,
To be washed and made whiter than snow.
I am trusting in Jesus alone,
Trusting now His salvation to know;
And His blood doth so fully atone,
I am washed and made whiter than snow.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.
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.”
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.”
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 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 email 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.