TEXT: John 14:1-3
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
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 216.
Alexander MacLaren said, “Faith does not grasp a doctrine, but a heart. The trust which Christ requires is the bond that unites souls with Him; and the very life of it is entire committal of myself to Him in all my relations and for all my needs, and absolute utter confidence in Him as all sufficient for everything that I can require.”
It is not lost on us that, although Jesus is now telling His disciples how to set their hearts at ease, it was His words that caused them distress in the first place. Some might wrongly say, ‘Jesus should not have told His disciples those terrible things about His death, His betrayal, Peter’s denial, His going away from them for a while, and the fact that Satan was out to see them fall. If He hadn’t told them those things, they would have never been worried or fretful.’ However Jesus told them these things, not because He wanted them to be afraid, but because He wanted them to be prepared. Even with the forewarning that Jesus had given them, the disciples still were not up to the challenge of Good Friday. Imagine how much more disastrous things would have been if everything had hit them by surprise.
It is good to be warned of bad things that are about to happen. We may not be afforded the luxury of specifics, but what we do have are these words from Jesus Christ: “In this world, ye shall have tribulation…” How can you set your heart at ease in the midst of the tribulation that you are bound to face?
First, we saw that Jesus told His disciples to choose not to let their hearts be troubled. They had control over the condition of their hearts. They did not have to be worried or afraid.
Second, we saw that Jesus told them to choose to believe in God. Instead of relying on the people and things around them, the disciples were to place their trust and confidence in God.
Today, we come to a third command: Jesus says, “believe also in me.” Obviously, being one of the twelve chosen by Jesus to follow Him did not give any of the disciples automatic faith in Christ. We saw that in what happened with Judas. Disciples though they were, they each still had to make a conscious decision to believe in Jesus Christ. They had to decide for themselves that they were going to place their faith and trust in Him.
If you are to have a trouble-free heart in this world, you must also believe in Jesus Christ. Not only is He our Savior who delivers us from sin and the punishment of sin, but He is our true hope in hopeless times. We do not have to have troubled hearts because God is in control and because Jesus Christ is walking with us through every circumstance — even through the valley of the shadow of death.
Why is it essential that we believe in Jesus Christ? The reason why is because Jesus is “the way” to the Father. We cannot truly know God without knowing His Son Jesus Christ. Everything that we need to know about God is revealed in the words and actions of Jesus Christ. Jesus shows us the heart of the Heavenly Father — His power, His wisdom, and His love. In Matthew 11:27, Jesus Christ says, “no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.”
Many people believe in God. Recently, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said, “it makes sense to believe in God.” Albert Einstein once said that he felt “a deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior power.” However, belief in God is not enough. You must get to know God for yourself, and the only way you can do that is to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Don’t trust in people and things. People die, people let you down, people disappoint you. Things perish and can be taken away. Trust in God who does not change and in Jesus Christ who promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. If you do this, your heart can be set at ease no matter what situation you are going through.
Eliza Hewitt wrote:
“Fear not, I am with thee“;
Blessed golden ray,
Like a star of glory,
Lighting up my way!
Through the clouds of midnight,
This bright promise shone,
“I will never leave thee,
Never will leave thee alone.”
Roses fade around me,
Lilies bloom and die,
Earthly sunbeams vanish—
Radiant still the sky!
Jesus, the Lily flower,
Blooming for His own,
Jesus, heaven’s sunshine,
Never will leave me alone.
Steps unseen before me,
Hidden dangers near;
Nearer still my Savior,
Whispering, “Be of cheer“;
Joys, like birds of springtime,
To my heart have flown,
Singing all so sweetly,
“He will not leave me alone.”
You can begin to find peace in whatever troublesome situation you are in by placing your faith and trust in the Prince of Peace.
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.