TEXT: John 18:33-36:
33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from 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 302.
Frederick Chi-lu-ba said, “Jesus was never against politics. He just wants us to recognize that there is a greater power above. We must all recognize there is a King of Kings and a Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ, who is above every political system.”
After Pilate heard what the Jews had to say about Jesus — that He was an “evildoer” — he went into his judgment hall to interrogate the Lord. Again, we see that his primary concern was determing whether or not Jesus posed a threat to Rome. So, he asked, “Art thou the King of the Jews?” If Jesus considered himself the Jewish king, then Pilate might have a problem. If Jesus wanted to lead a rebellion against Rome, then he would certainly have a problem.
Jesus responds by asking Pilate to clarify who may have told him that Jesus was a king. Of course, the Jewish leaders who delivered Jesus to Pilate did not consider Jesus to be a king. They saw Him as a threat to their religious authority — a rebel rabbi, but not a political leader. If they told Pilate that Jesus was a king, it would not have been because they believed it. Pilate’s response is one of disdain, “Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me.” The Jews had not given Pilate sufficient reason for him to think that Jesus was a threat to Rome, so Pilate’s attitude is, ‘I’m not a Jew. They brought You here. You explain it to me.’ He asks, “What has thou done?”
Jesus admits to being a King, but he says, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state, “Jesus replied that Rome need not fear a political insurrection. He was not a zealot or a revolutionary guerilla leader. His kingdom is not like that. It is not of this world; it is from another place, that is, heaven. Therefore it comes not by rebellion but by submission to God. Its source was not from men’s acts of violence but from a new birth from heaven which transferred a person out of Satan’s kingdom into God’s kingdom.”
The fact that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world is important for us as Christians to remember as this election season draws to a close. Pilate was looking for an earthly threat to Rome, but the Person who stood before Him was a Heavenly threat to spiritual darkness. Today, many Christians are looking for a political Savior for the nation when we already have the Savior from Heaven. Many are looking to secure their homes in this world when our true home is not of this world. Many are looking to anoint an earthly king on November 8th when our allegiance ought solely to be to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Our main focus should be on the fact that our kingdom — the kingdom that we belong to — is not of this world.
And then there are those who do not know Jesus as Savior or King. You may be wrapped up in what is happening in this world, especially in the political realm. You may be thinking that if so-and-so can just get into office the nation’s problems will be solved, your problems will be solved. You are looking at things on an earthly level just as Pilate was. This nation will likely be here tomorrow, but you might not be. Then, the only thing that will matter is what spiritual kingdom you are a part of — Satan’s kingdom or Jesus’ kingdom. Jesus went to the cross so that you can have the opportunity to be a part of His kingdom that is not of this world. Don’t put all of your faith and trust in things in this world. Rome passed away. America will pass away. But Jesus’ kingdom will never pass away.
William D. MacLagan wrote:
“Lord, when Thy kingdom comes, remember me”;
Thus spake the dying lips to dying ears;
O faith, which in that darkest hour could see
The promised glory of the far off years!
No kingly sign declares that glory now,
No ray of hope lights up that awful hour;
A thorny crown surrounds the bleeding brow,
The hands are stretched in weakness, not in power.
“Thou shalt rest in my kingdom today”,
Hear the word the dying Savior saith.
O words of hope for those who live to pray!
O words of love to answer words of faith!
Dear friend, in order to enter Jesus’ kingdom, the ‘words of faith’ that you must speak today are an admission of your own sinfulness and a statement of your faith in Jesus Christ. Here is what I mean:
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 email 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.