Jesus Explains Why He Has to Go Back to Heaven, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 262)
TEXT: John 16:7-11:
5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?
6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
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 261.
Henry Alford said, “Each man’s conscience has some glimmering of light on each of these; some consciousness of guilt, some sense of right, some power of judgment of what is transitory and worthless; but all these are unreal and impractical, till the convicting work of the Spirit has wrought in him.”
Jesus told His disciples that when He was gone, the Holy Spirit would come to live inside of them, comfort them, and teach them about Himself. But the Holy Spirit also has a role to play in the world, which Jesus goes on to describe as follows: “When the Holy Spirit is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” The word “reprove” can also be translated as “convict,” but the Greek word has a broader meaning which includes to expose, to refute, and to convince.
Man is proud. He will not admit on his own that he is a sinner. Even though he is walking in darkness, he thinks that the way he is going is right and will not change on his own. That is where the Holy Spirit comes in. He enters to reprove, convict, and convince the sinner of the error of his ways. When a Christian shares the Gospel with an unbeliever, the Holy Spirit is working alongside him, aiming to convince that unbeliever of the truth. Merrill C. Tenney said, “The Spirit does not merely accuse men of sin, he brings to them an inescapable sense of guilt so that they realize their shame and helplessness before God.” Of course, the devil and the unbeliever’s flesh are there too, aiming to keep that person in bondage.
The increasingly humanistic bent of our society has people believing that man is basically good. If asked how they would describe themselves, most people will tell you, ‘Yeah, I’ve done a few bad things, but I think I’m a pretty good person.’ God wants to get man to the place where he agrees with God’s word. That “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” That “there is none righteous, no not one.” That “they have all gone aside out of the way; there is none that doeth good, none that seeketh after God.” Only the Holy Spirit of God can convince a man of this truth.
R.A. Torrey said that one Sunday while he was preaching he noticed a man whom he had never seen before sitting in the front pew. His manner of dress indicated that he was quite wealthy, a man of the world. But the man’s eyes were riveted upon him in such a way that Torrey couldn’t help but to keep turning back to the man and preach directly to him. Later, after the service was over, he went to talk to the man. The man said, “I don’t know what is the matter with me. I never felt this way before in all my life. I started out this afternoon to meet up with some of my friends to spend the afternoon gambling. As I passed by the park across the street, some of young men were holding an open air meeting and I stopped to listen. When the speaker finished, I went on down the street. But I had not gone far when some strange power took hold of me and brought me back and I stayed through the meeting. Then one of your deacons invited me to dinner and then to this meeting.” Here the man stopped and started sobbing. He said, “Oh, I don’t know what is the matter with me. I feel awful. I never felt this way before in all my life.” Pastor Torrey told him, “I know what is the matter with you. You are under conviction of sin; the Holy Spirit is dealing with you.” And he led the man to Christ.
That is why Jesus went back to Heaven — so that He could send the Holy Spirit to aid His disciples and all believers in God’s evangelistic enterprise.
Daniel Whittle wrote:
I know not how this saving faith
to me He did impart;
Nor how believing in His Word
wrought peace within my heart.
I know not how the Spirit moves,
convincing men of sin;
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
creating faith in Him.
I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.
If you are ready to accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit into your life right now, here is how:
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 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.