TEXT: John 21:24-25:
24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.
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 373.
Winifred Kirkland said, “Today, the greatest single deterrent to knowledge of Jesus is His familiarity. Because we think we know Him, we pass Him by.”
The largest collection of books in the world is the Library of Congress, which serves as the national library of the United States. It was established in 1800 with a generous donation from the personal library of Thomas Jefferson. Today, over 32 million books are cataloged there spread out over three buildings, not to mention digital and internet resources. If set up end to end, the shelves in the Library of Congress would stretch for 838 miles. If you read one book a day from the library’s holdings, it would take you over 60,000 years to read everything.
Yet, John tells us in his Gospel that not even this much printed material is enough to tell the whole story of Jesus Christ. He says, ‘The world itself could not contain the books that could be written’ about Him. Note here that John is just talking about Jesus’ life during His time on earth as Immanuel, God with us. But the last verse of John’s Gospel ought to remind us of something else: the eternal life that God has planned for all who come to faith in Him through Jesus Christ.
First John 5:11 says, “The testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” This eternal life will be spent in Heaven with God by those who believe. Some have unfortunately come to think of Heaven as a place where they will be bored. They think that those who go to Heaven will have to stand around singing hymns all day. They cannot imagine what exactly goes on in Heaven where the concept of “time” becomes meaningless. They think one will soon run out of things to do.
But the truth is the exact opposite. Heaven will be the most engaging, the most stimulating, the most amazing place that you can imagine. You will never run out of things to do in Heaven. You will never get bored once you get beyond the pearly gates. Why? It is not because of the place itself — though if you read Revelation 21, you will find that the place is beyond anything you can imagine. The reason why you will not exhaust Heaven is because Jesus Christ will be there and you cannot exhaust Jesus Christ.
It is Jesus who makes Heaven what it is, and it is in Heaven that we will see Jesus as He truly is. John says that in Heaven, “We shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” On earth, we can only catch a glimpse of Christ. Like sunlight dancing on rippling water — beautiful to look at, but moving so quickly that we can’t examine it for long. At the Transfiguration, the author of this Gospel along with Peter and James were granted a glimpse of Christ in all His glory. The veil between Heaven and Earth cracked open and Jesus’ “face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” The voice of God spoke out of a cloud and “when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.”
In Heaven, we will not have to be “sore afraid” of Jesus in all His glory. We will see Him as He is because we, too, will have glorified bodies and eyes able to handle such a display. Even then, though, we will not fully grasp Him in any way suitable for expression in human words because He is everlasting and infinite. Even if we die and go to Heaven, we will not fully know Jesus because His life stretches into the eternal past. Cade Campbell said, “Be overwhelmed by Jesus and his glory. Be reminded that you could read a book a day for eternity, and you still would not get to the end of Him. You cannot exhaust the inexhaustible. You cannot drink dry a fountain that has no end.”
Samuel Francis wrote:
Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus,
vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean
in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me,
is the current of thy love —
leading onward, leading homeward,
to that glorious rest above!
Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus —
spread his praise from shore to shore!
How he loves us, ever loves us,
changes never, nevermore!
How he watches o’er his loved ones,
died to call them all his own;
how for them he’s interceding,
watching o’er them from the throne!
Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus,
love of every love the best!
‘Tis an ocean vast of blessing,
’tis a haven sweet of rest!
Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus —
’tis heaven of heavens to me;
and it lifts me up to glory,
for it lifts me up to thee!
The only way to truly know Jesus is to receive Him for yourself as your Lord and Savior. Let Him enter your heart and life so that you can one day go to Heaven to be with Him forever. If the world could not contain Him, the best (and only) way to get to know Him as fully as one possibly could is in a place beyond this world. However, Jesus grants us the privilege of beginning the journey of knowing Him on earth by receiving Him as our Savior from sin and the punishment of sin. If you have not done that yet, here is how you can do that right now.
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 email 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.