TEXT: John 5:26-29
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.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
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 57.
C.S. Lewis said, “What is the good of saying you are on God’s side when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream, and something else — something that never entered your head to conceive — comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us, and so terrible to others, that none of us will have any choice left? It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side we have really chosen, whether we realized it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back, to give us that chance. It will not last forever. We must take it or leave it.”
After all that the Jewish religious leaders had heard from Jesus, you can imagine the shocked looks on their faces. Here was a man who, in no uncertain terms, told them that He was God, that He had authority over the Law, and that He had authority over their lives and their eternal destiny. There was something about the way He said these things that made them realize He was serious. Under other circumstances, they would have dismissed Him as a lunatic at best or immediately dragged Him off to be whipped or stoned for blasphemy at worst. But, they didn’t. They stood there listening to Jesus talking — and, notice, they didn’t interrupt Him here.
They were completely astounded, so much so, that Jesus had to tell them, “Marvel not at this.” ‘Don’t be amazed, don’t be shocked by what I have just told you. It’s the truth.’
Then He goes on to shock them again, saying, “For the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth…” Speaking of the end times, Jesus says He will do one of the things that the Jews ascribed to God’s authority alone — raising the dead. Near the end of history, Jesus will command the dead from all generations to come out of their graves to face judgment and resurrection. “They that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
The important question today is: Which resurrection will you be a part of?
Now, it might sound like the resurrection that you are a part of is determined by your works — “they that have done good” and “they that have done evil.” But if we square this with all of the Gospel of John (and all of the Bible), we see that this is not the case. The “good” works and “evil” works spoken of here stem from a person’s decision to accept or reject Jesus Christ. Accepting Christ is a good work, and all that is done under Christ’s influence is good. Rejecting Christ is an evil work, and all that is done under the influence of the flesh and the devil is evil.
Dr. John Walvoord and Roy Zuck wrote in their commentary on this passage: “Those who are truly born again do live a different kind of life. They obey Jesus, they abide in Him, and they walk in the light. They are saved by the Lamb of God who, as their substitutionary sacrifice, takes away the penalty of sin. Salvation is by faith in Christ. Damnation is because of rejection of God’s Son.”
Everyone, those saved and lost, will live forever. They will be called forth, given resurrection bodies, and sent either to a place of eternal bliss or eternal punishment. The Bible Exposition Commentary points out that those who have rejected Christ will be resurrected at the end of time before this world is destroyed to make way for a new one. They “will be given resurrection bodies — but not glorified bodies — that they might be judged and then suffer punishment in those bodies. Bodies that were used for sin will suffer the consequences of that sin.”
However, those who accept Jesus Christ will be called forth from their graves at the Rapture, before the seven-year period of tribulation and judgment on earth. These believers will be given new, resurrection bodies. Wiersbe goes on to say, “Keep in mind that resurrection is not reconstruction. It does not imply that God puts the pieces back together again. The resurrection body is a new body, a glorified body, suited to the heavenly environment. Death is not the end for the believer, nor will he live in heaven as a disembodied spirit. God saves the whole person, and this includes the body.”
There you have it: No matter how you live your life, you will be called out of your grave by Jesus Christ. You will be given a new body to face your eternal future. Today, you can decide whether that future will be eternal life or eternal damnation. If you want to make sure that you are not a part of those who will be resurrected to damnation, I encourage you to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior today. Here’s how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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.