TEXT: John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
According to a recent Harris Poll, only 55% of Americans know the reason why the nation marks Memorial Day every year. In case you don’t know, the last Monday in May is set aside for the country to observe, commemorate, and express gratitude for the American soldiers who have died in battle. In the Revolutionary War, over 15,000 American soldiers died so we could be free. In the Civil War, over 620,000 soldiers died in a grim contest over what it means to be free and who was entitled to freedom. And in World War II, over 400,000 American soldiers died so we could stay free. Every American citizen today owes a debt to those who have given their lives on the battlefield on behalf of our nation.
You may know someone who has died in the service of our country. Almost every city has a monument to remind us that many of the things we enjoy were won for us by someone’s painful and bloody death.
However, of all the sacrifices ever given on our behalf, none has surpassed the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The only Son of God left his heavenly home to be born as a baby. After his brief ministry, he took upon himself our punishment and willingly suffered an agonizing death and separation from his heavenly Father in order that all who believe may come into the family of God. This is what Paul talks about when he writes that “one [Jesus] died for all.”
Regarding this passage, Dr. John Walvoord and Roy Zuck state, “Though possessing divine prerogatives, Jesus willingly became incarnate and followed the path of obedience to the cross, dying for all. By faith Paul identified with Jesus in His death and resurrection. And Paul lived with the same selfless abandon the Lord had. Christ’s love, which had converted him, now compelled him. All those who by faith entered into the benefits of Christ’s sacrifice (and now live spiritually) should respond by living selflessly and being involved in the ministry of reconciliation. We should no longer live for ourselves but for Him.”
With his death and resurrection, Jesus ushered in a new world order. God’s reign is breaking forth into our world and nothing can stop him. Each day as we march towards the end of history God is claiming more and more lost territory.
And that is the reason why I am preaching this message to you. I want to invite you to join me in this awesome event. If you give your life to Jesus and his Father’s work, you will never be the same. Every part of your life will change as you begin to see what Jesus is doing to prepare the world for his spectacular return. This is a far greater issue than being religious or belonging to a church or being a good person. This is an invitation to leave your old life behind and follow Jesus. It is so radical, the Bible calls it being “Born Again”.
Now you have to make a decision: To live out your remaining days in pursuit of money and pleasure; or to open your life to the reality of a living Jesus, to accept his sacrifice for you, and to join him in the march to a new world. Don’t put if off—this is too good an opportunity to pass by.
Isaac Watts wrote:
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Of all the sacrifices ever given on our behalf, none has surpassed the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Allow me to share with you how you can believe on Him 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 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.