TEXT: John 5:24-27
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
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 therefore, and teach all nations” 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 54.
Adam Clarke said, “Death is the country where every Christless soul lives. The man who knows not God lives a dying life, or a living death; but he who believes in the Son of God passes over from the empire of death, to the empire of life.”
The day we are born, we begin to die. Life is one long, unyielding march toward our eventual termination. Old or young, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, we know deep down that one day we must face death. Which is why we spend so much of our time trying to avoid and delay it. Many in our society have one main goal — to live as long as possible with as little pain as possible. Of course, at some point, if we are blessed enough not to die in a tragedy or some natural disaster, our efforts become futile and we simply die. We succumb to the inevitable.
Yet, here in our passage today, we find Jesus talking about “everlasting life” and how to get it. What kind of life is this? This life is spiritual union with God that lasts forever. It is the only way to live beyond the point of death. Those who do not have a relationship with God are already dead spiritually and, one day, will be permanently dead physically. However, those who do have a relationship with God have “everlasting life.” They are spiritually alive right now and, after they die, they will be permanently physically resurrected. So, how can one have this “everlasting life”?
Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life…” “Verily, verily” means “truly, truly.” What Jesus is about to say is very important, and, most importantly, it is true.
“He that heareth my word” — that is, Jesus’ word. The transition from death to life can only begin by hearing Jesus’ word. One cannot come to the knowledge of salvation and eternal life on his or her own. It is simply impossible. Man has tried many ways to get to God — doing good works, attending religious services, meditation, philosophy, giving money to the poor, etc. — but none of that will give you eternal life. Jesus Christ is the only one who can give eternal life, and that begins by listening to Jesus.
Jesus says we must hear His word and “believe on him that sent me.” Who sent Jesus? God did. Thus, we must believe on God in order to be saved. But John 3:16 says we must believe on Jesus. Is there a contradiction here? No, there is not. As Jesus indicated in the previous verses, He and God the Father are one and the same. They are unified. If you believe on Jesus, you are believing on God. If you truly believe on God, you are believing on Jesus. And, it is that belief that will give you everlasting life.
Jesus says the person who believes “hath everlasting life” — not “may have it” or “shall have it” in the future, but has it right now. The moment you believe in Jesus, you have everlasting life. Jesus says this person also “shall not come into condemnation.” What is condemnation? Condemnation is judgment for sin. If you hear Jesus’ word and place your faith and trust in Him, you will not suffer the eternal punishment that you deserve due to your sins because Jesus has already suffered and paid for your sins on the cross. You will no longer appear guilty before God, but perfectly innocent because of Jesus.
Jesus says the person who hears Him and believes on God “is passed from death unto life.” “Is passed” is present tense. The moment you believe, you possess everlasting life: you have left behind the realm of the dead and now exist in the realm of the living. Imagine a person standing on one side of a line in the ground. The line marks the boundary between two countries. All this person has to do to leave one country and be in another country is step across the line. As soon as he takes a single step, he is in the other country.
The question is: Will you be the person who takes the step across the line? Will you pass from death to life instantly today by trusting Christ as saviour?
If you have not yet believed on Jesus Christ as your Saviour, the Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. 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.
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. 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 which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. 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 School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.