TEXT: John 10:27-33
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
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 151.
George Whitefield said, “Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.”
In this passage, we see that, with the power of His words, Jesus has forced the Jewish religious leaders into a standoff in the debate over His divinity. They want to stone Him because He says that He is God and they consider that the worst sin a person can commit. However, even in the face of death, Jesus does not back down from this claim, and that is baffling to them. Remember that Jesus is surrounded by people, many of them holding stones ready to throw. This is not the first time He has been in such circumstances. How does He get out of this situation?
Jesus turns one of the Jews’ favorite tricks back on them. He draws them into a theological argument — something which they were always trying to do to Him. Jesus asks, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, Ye are gods?'”
Such a question might make us nervous — and rightfully so. We wouldn’t think of calling ourselves gods, so what is Jesus referring to? This statement comes from the Old Testament in Psalm 82 which begins, “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.” In the passage, God goes on to say, “Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” The Hebrew word used is “elohim”, the same word used to refer to God the Creator.
Obviously, such as passage has given rise to much debate. Is God calling human beings gods? Modern scholars tell us that God is referring to human judges to whom He has given His law. Psalm 82 is God’s rebuke of these Hebrew judges (“gods”) for their failure to judge righteously in the Earth. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, edited by John Walvoord and Roy Zuck, states, “Psalm 82 speaks of God as the true Judge and of men, appointed as judges, who were failing to provide true judgment for God. ‘gods’ in Psalm 82 refers to these human judges. In this sense, God said to the Jews, You are gods. In no way does this speak of a divine nature in man.”
That being said, we return to Jesus’ argument. He says, “If he [God] called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?”
Jesus is pointing out that God called these lesser beings, be they human or angelic, “gods”, and that He counted them worthy enough to give them His Word to carry out in the Earth. Since that is the case, how can it be wrong for Jesus — who is the very Word of God sent from God — to be called God, or at least “the Son of God”? With this argument, Jesus puts the Jews in a theological bind. If they persisted in trying to stone Jesus, they would essentially be saying that the Scriptures, which they so revered, somehow contained errors — a fact Jesus reminded them of when He said, “scripture cannot be broken.” Yet, if they did not stone Jesus, they would be acknowledging (though they might not admit it) that Jesus was right and that Scripture was on His side.
Of course, for the Jews, this did not solve the question of Jesus’ divinity. As Henry Alford said, “The deeper aim of this argument is to show them that the idea of man and God being one was not alien from their Old Testament scriptures, but set forth therein types and shadows of Him, the real God-Man.”
The Jews were accusing Jesus of being a man trying to raise Himself up to the level of God, when in reality the opposite was true. Jesus is God who lowered Himself to the level of man so that He could raise all men up into a union with God. Those who remained stubborn in their disbelief missed out on this wonderful truth. But you don’t have to be in that number. You can join those who have a spiritual union with God today through Christ and who will one day be united with God in Heaven.
Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ today.
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 including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. 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.
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’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.