TEXT: John 5:31-35
31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
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 59.
Gary Amirault said, “Love, life, light, liberty, song, dance, wisdom, tree, vine, branch, river, rock, lamb, truth, the way, the beginning, the end — everything in life points to Jesus because ‘from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.'”
Perhaps the most important part of a court case is witness testimony. These people are familiar with some aspect of the issue at hand. They take the witness stand in order to testify on behalf of the defense or the prosecution. Their testimony helps sway the jury in its decision.
In his discussion with the Jewish leaders, Jesus recognized that, for the Jews, His own words would not be enough to convince them of who He was. He said, “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.” He meant that the Jews would not consider it as true. Hebrew law stated that a person who was on trial had to call two or three witnesses to back up his story. Jesus does this by supplying three witnesses to His hearers in this passage.
The concept of witnesses or testimony is very important in John’s Gospel. The word “witness” appears 47 times. The first witness Jesus calls upon is John the Baptist. He says, “There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.” John the Baptist began his ministry before Jesus, he preached that Jesus would come, and when Jesus came, he declared that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, the Lamb of God ‘who taketh away the sins of the world.’ To the Jewish leaders, John was like one of the Old Testament prophets. He was not a part of the religious establishment, but he consistently called people back to God and repentance. Even if they did not like him, they at least respected him until Jesus came on the scene.
For some of us, it takes the testimony of others to bring us to God. We can sit and read the Bible and hear preaching from the Bible all day, but it often takes the words of another man or woman to convince us of the truth. Ray Stedman said, “It is a strange phenomenon, frequently seen, that men and women who pay no attention to the voice of God directly will often listen very interestedly to someone who tells what his experience with God has been.” While this might be frowned upon by some, God allows for it as many people have come to saving faith in Jesus Christ based on the testimony of friends, family, and other prominent individuals.
In verse 34, Jesus says, “I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.” Jesus is pointing out that He does not need any man to testify on His behalf, however, He allows it in order that the Jews might be convinced of who He is and believe on Him for salvation. Jesus praises John by calling him “a burning and a shining light.” John let his light shine for Jesus; he was a bright spot in the political, religious, and cultural morass of first-century Palestine because he pointed people to Jesus. “Behold, the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world!”
Unfortunately, the Jews only basked in the glow of John’s truth for a little while. Jesus says, “ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.” When many of the Jews learned of the Savior whom John had been talking about, they were disappointed. They were looking for a conqueror who would overthrow the Romans and put the Jews back in control of their land. They were dissatisfied with Jesus’ talk of a spiritual kingdom.
Regarding this event, One Biblical scholar: “The Jewish people were excited about John’s ministry. However their enthusiasm cooled, and nobody lifted a finger to try to deliver John when he was arrested by Herod. The publicans and sinners accepted John’s message and were converted but the religious leaders refused to submit. Whenever God raises up a spiritual leader who commands attention, there is always the danger of attracting people who want to bask in his popularity but not submit to his authority. The prophets and Apostles, as well as the great leaders in church history, all had to put up with shallow people who followed the crowd but refused to obey the truth. We have them in churches today.”
Don’t make the mistake that the Jews made. If you have not believed on Jesus based on His own words, believe on Him because of John’s words. If you have family members or friends who are genuine Christians, ask them what their experience with Christ has been like. They will be glad to tell you.
Whatever path you take, you will be led back to Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Him. Others can help you along that path, but you must believe in Jesus for yourself. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how you can trust Him into your heart and life today:
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
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.