TEXT: John 14:1-3
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
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 218.
William Barclay said, “For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be forever with Him.”
Not only did Jesus promise His disciples that He was going away to prepare a place for them, but He said He would return to take them to that place. He said, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself.” These words probably set the disciples’ hearts at ease more than anything else Jesus had said. Even though He would leave them for a time, He would come back for them and they would be together for all eternity.
In his commentary on John, Rodney A. Whitacre says, “Peter’s question is now answered—Jesus is going to his Father’s house. He is going there for the disciples’ sake, in order that their relationship with him may continue. This revelation speaks directly to their concerns. If they can take hold of it in faith, their hearts will indeed no longer be troubled.”
Notice, Jesus did not say that He would return and take them to the place He had prepared for them. He said, “I will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” This emphasizes a point we covered in our last message. Heaven is wherever Jesus is. When the disciples were with Jesus on Earth, they knew that everything would be alright. They had no worries or concerns. The only time they expressed doubt was when they were apart from Jesus (like the time when they got caught in a storm while trying to cross the Sea of Galilee) or when they tried to do ministry work on their own (like when they tried to cast the devil out of a man’s son and were unable to do so).
What Jesus was trying to get them to understand was that He would always be with them. They needed to learn to rely on His spiritual presence through the Holy Spirit rather than just His physical presence. The disciples, like us, depended on what they could see with their eyes and what they could touch with their hands. Jesus wanted them to have faith in Him even when they could not see or touch Him — even when it seemed like they would be crushed under the weight of the dark hours ahead of them.
When we have the hope of Heaven and the hope of Jesus returning to receive us to Himself, we are hoping in that which we cannot see. J.M. Barrie is best known as the creator of Peter Pan. However, he also wrote a book about his mother, Margaret Ogilvy, and his upbringing in Scotland. His mother endured a lot of misery in life, including the tragic death of one of her sons. Barrie wrote that his mother’s favorite chapter in the Bible was John 14. She read it so much that when her Bible was opened and set down, the pages naturally fell open to this place. Barrie said that when she was old and could no longer read the words, she would bend over her Bible and kiss the page where the words were printed.
Margaret could not see Heaven or touch Heaven, but she had faith in Jesus’ promise that He was coming to take her to be with Him. One thing that is guaranteed in this life is that there will be times when you wish you could leave this world behind. For Christians, our way of departure is already set. We will leave this world either through death or through the Rapture and we will go to be with Jesus when He calls us home. There’s a saying nowadays that is more than true for the Christian: “In the end, everything will be okay. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
The end of our story as believers is written already in the return of Christ and our union with Him in Heaven forever. That alone should set your heart at ease no matter what you are facing in this world. If you have not trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior and, thus, cannot look forward to Jesus returning to receive you unto Himself, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him as your Savior today.
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 that 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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. 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.