TEXT: John 5:26-30
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.
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
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 58.
A.W. Tozer said, “The teaching of the New Testament is that now, at this very moment, there is a Man in heaven appearing in the presence of God for us. He is as certainly a man as was Adam or Moses or Paul; he is a man glorified, but his glorification did not de-humanize him. Today he is a real man, of the race of mankind, bearing our lineaments and dimensions, a visible and audible man, whom any other man would recognize instantly as one of us and yet he is God.”
In this passage, Jesus Christ teaches that He will one day summon the world to judgment — every person from every generation, no matter how important or how insignificant, will stand before Jesus Christ. For those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, this will be a wonderful and highly anticipated meeting. These people will be a part of the resurrection of life. For those who have rejected Jesus Christ as Savior, this will be an awful and dreaded meeting, for they will be a part of the resurrection of damnation.
Jesus Christ, who is in charge of all life and judgment, will send those who love and trust Him into Paradise where they will be with God for all eternity. Those who chose to reject Him will be sent to Hell where they will suffer apart from God for all eternity.
Now, some might question Jesus’ judgment. Some will say that Jesus’ judgment is not fair. Some will even be surprised that Jesus is even involved in judging; they have grown comfortable with the idea of Jesus as healer, miracle-worker, teacher, and savior, but not judge.
Speaking to those who have such questions, Jesus says, “I can of mine own self do nothing…” Jesus will not carry out His work as a judge on His own. In fact, He cannot do so. He says, “As I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just.” Some have said that this hearing that Jesus speaks of relates to His experience with men. He watches the lives of all men, and because He was once a man, He can make an accurate and fair judgment of man’s motives.
However, it is more likely that Jesus is referring again to His relationship with the Father and is speaking of His role as the Divine Communicant. He hears from the Father and obeys the Father, thus He is not alone in His judgment. God is judging us through Jesus. Albert Barnes wrote, “To ‘hear’ expresses the condition of one who is commissioned or instructed. Thus, in John 8:26 Jesus said, ‘I speak to the world those things which I have ‘heard’ of him”. In John 8:28, He said, ‘As the Father hath taught me, I speak those things.’ Jesus represents himself as commissioned, taught, or sent of God. When he says, ‘as I hear,’ He refers to those things which the Father had ‘showed’ Him — that is, He came to communicate the will of God; to show to man what God wished man to know.”
Because He is doing the will of the Father by executing judgment, Jesus’ judgment will be just, fair, righteous, and true. He will not make a mistake because God cannot make a mistake. No one who stands before Jesus at the end of their life will be able to say that Jesus is being unfair to them.
Jesus goes on to say in verse 30, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” Jesus’ will is one with the Father’s. What God the Father commissioned Him to do, He will do. A respected theologian has stated about this verse, “This verse is transitional; it concludes the section on Jesus’ unity with the Father . The section ends the way it began, with the point that the Son can do nothing apart from the Father. His judgment, as everything He does, is from the express will of the Father. He is the perfect Spokesman for the Father and His effective Executive. Jesus’ will is to do the Father’s will, which shows that He has the same nature.”
Judging the souls of mankind is one of those things that God has placed under the authority of the Son. The good news about this is that Jesus is a merciful and righteous judge who longs for all people to be a part of the resurrection of life. It is not His will that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.
Today, you can decide whether you will perish or repent, whether you will face eternal life or eternal damnation. If you want to make sure that you are a part of those who will be resurrected unto life and not resurrected unto damnation. I encourage you to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior today. Here’s 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 this 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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 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.