TEXT: John 14:29-31
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
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 234.
Max Lucado said, “If you knew that only a few would care that you came, would you still come? If you knew that those you loved would laugh in your face, would you still care? If you knew that the tongues you made would mock you, the mouths you made would spit at you, the hands you made would crucify you, would you still make them? Christ did.”
From verse 29, we talked about the fact that Jesus was in control of everything that was happening around Him. Jesus further asserts His control in verse 30.
First, Jesus says, “Hereafter I will not talk much with you.” In other words, the time for discourse is almost over. Soon, there will be action, although, as we will see from the next few chapters, Jesus still had a lot to say to the disciples. The contents of those chapters appear to have been compressed into the space of a few hours — at the last supper, after the last supper, on the way to the Garden of Gethsemane, and then while Jesus and the disciples were in the Garden before Jesus went to pray alone.
Jesus’ warning that He would not spend time talking with them much longer would have served to get the disciples to sit up and pay attention to whatever Jesus would say next.
Now, Jesus says, “For the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” The prince of this world is Satan. And Satan was coming. Like Jesus, Satan felt as though he were in control. He felt as though Jesus was on the edge of a cliff, and all it would take was a little push to send Him over the edge. The Jewish religious leaders had made it clear they wanted Him dead. The Romans were poised to crush any disturbances in the city. Judas, one of Jesus’ own disciples, had betrayed him. The remaining disciples were scared and worried, and they would prove useless in the hours ahead. All of this, not to mention the massive Satanic spiritual presence in the city at that moment.
Satan felt he had Jesus isolated, all alone. But, Jesus said, “the Prince of this world hath nothing in me.” What did he mean? The Bible Knowledge Commentary states that “Satan was moving his forces against Jesus. And yet Satan had no hold on Jesus. Sin leads to death, and sin and death give Satan a hold over people. But since Jesus is sinless, Satan cannot claim Him for his kingdom of darkness.” Satan had strings on the Romans, on the Jews, on Judas, even on the other disciples. But he had no strings on Jesus.
Perhaps Satan thought he had a chance to pull Jesus down because He was in flesh as any other man at this moment. Many men have broken under the weight of isolation, betrayal, opposition, and Satanic oppression. But, not Jesus. Satan thought, since Jesus had refused to bow to him three years prior, that if he could engineer Jesus’ death now, he would win. But he was mistaken.
Jesus was not dragged to His death, an unwilling victim. He went willingly, in complete control of His own person. He permitted the actions of the Romans, the Jews, Judas, and the disciples. Jesus could have stopped them. He could have stepped in and brought Satan’s plans to a screeching halt — but that would have only handed Satan the victory that he wanted, and Jesus would go home a failed Messiah.
Every time Jesus turned around , it seemed as if the deck was being stacked against him. That every one who had said they loved Him was leaving Him, betraying Him, denying Him, or growing too afraid to do anything about the present situation. But Jesus pressed on. He continued on His path to the cross. He never gave up because He loved you and me.
One hymn puts it like this:
Just before His trial, Jesus entered dark Gethsemane;
Leaving eight outside, he took Peter and two sons of Zebedee.
Oh, the anguish in the garden, as again He left the three;
And He went a little farther, all the way to Calvary!
See Him praying, hear him groaning; death sweeps over Him like a flood;
“Let this cup pass from me, Father”—sweat runs down as drops of blood!
“Not my will, Lord, I will drink it: let Thy will be done in me.”
And He went a little farther, all the way to Calvary!
Now He marches to Golgotha, scourged and thorn-crowned on the road;
Bears the cross upon His shoulder, sinks beneath the heavy load!
Mocked, reviled, by friends forsaken—all for you, and all for me—
And He went a little farther, all the way to Calvary!
Jesus did not give up on making sure that salvation was made available to you. Will you receive the free gift that He offers out of love? Here is how you can trust Jesus Christ as your Savior today.
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 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.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at [email protected] 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.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.