TEXT: John 4:43-50
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 and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God's Great Commission 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 the 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 43.
Charles Spurgeon said, “The gospel which they so greatly needed they would not have; the miracles which Jesus did not always choose to give, they eagerly demanded.”
After Jesus left the Samaritan village, we are informed that Jesus returns to Galilee. Now, Jesus and most of His disciples were from the Galilee region. The text tells us that the reason why Jesus went there is because "Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country." Seeing that Jesus was from Galilee, some scholars have surmised that Jesus was trying to get away from the notoriety He received in other locations, so He went back to a place where He knew people did not think much of Him at the time.
Other Galileans were familiar with Jesus and the work that He was doing. They knew about Jesus cleansing the Temple in Jerusalem; many of them had been there. Thus we read, "the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast." They only received Jesus because of His works. Henry Morris said, "The enthusiasm of the Galileans was not soundly based. It was dependent on the wonders arising from their sight of the signs, not on a realization that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. Their very acceptance of Him was thus in its way a rejection. They gave Him honor of a sort, but it was not the honor that was due to Him."
Other scholars have stated that the reason Jesus had left Galilee to go into Judea in the first place was in an attempt to open the eyes of the Galileans to His message. The idea is that once the Galileans heard of how Jesus was being received by those in Judea, Samaria, and other places, they would begin to take notice of Jesus, and not just pass Him off as "the carpenter's son." Either way, Jesus returns to Galilee and is received by the Galileans who had previously not given Him the respect and proper hearing that He deserved.
We must be careful not to be like the Galileans and only accept Jesus because of the great works that He has done and the miracles that He performs. God did not send Jesus just to give things to us and meet our physical, temporal needs. He sent Jesus to save us. As someone once said, "The reality of loving God is loving him like he's a Superhero who actually saved you from stuff rather than a Santa Claus who merely gave you some stuff."http://gospellightminute.bu...