TEXT: John 19:25-27:
25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
Today, I am continuing the 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 314.
Richard Halverson said, “Jesus Christ is God’s everything for man’s total need.”
In these few verses, we have one of the most touching scenes in all of the New Testament. Jesus is hanging on the cross, but He looks down and sees His mother Mary standing there. He knows that she is in great pain seeing Him, her child, suffer. Perhaps, you have had the feeling of seeing someone suffer and saying to yourself that you wish you could take on their pain so they would not have to feel it. I think in this moment, Jesus wanted to take away His mother’s pain and that Mary wished she could deliver her Son from His pain. To get an idea of how painful this was for Mary, we are reminded of the words of Simeon. After Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary took Him to the Temple. There, Simeon told Mary, ‘A sword will pierce through your own heart also’ because of this child. That sword-piercing is what Mary was feeling as she watched Jesus suffer.
While Mary was unable to do anything about Jesus’ pain, Jesus, even in the state that He was in, took it upon Himself to ease Mary’s distress. “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” Jesus committed the care of His mother to His beloved disciple, John. Even as He was in excruciating pain on the cross, He was still looking out for others. If anyone ever had the right to be self-focused, it was Jesus at this time. Instead, He was concerned about others.
Jesus’ care for Mary shows us how God cares for each and every one of us. It is a powerful image of the redemptive work that Jesus did for us. When we see Jesus looking down on His mother who is experiencing heartache and pain, we are reminded of how God looked down on us as we were experiencing the heartache and pain that resulted from sin.
But God didn’t just look down on us. He made provision for us. Just as Jesus made provision for the well-being of His mother Mary, God made provision for our well-being by sending Jesus Christ. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, took on the role of protector and provider for Jesus’ mother. And Jesus came to take on the role of protector and provider in our lives if we will let Him. He is the Good Shepherd who not only guards and guides the sheep, but who lays down His life for the sheep.
The Bible tells us that, from the hour of Jesus’ command on the cross, John took Mary unto his own home. Mary became a part of John’s family. Some scholars believe that Salome, another of the women at the cross, was actually Mary’s sister and the mother of James and John. So, Mary would have been John’s aunt. They were family. When you allow Jesus to take over your life as the Great Shepherd, He, too, takes you into His own home. He takes you into His family. You are no longer left out in the cold in the world. You are one of God’s beloved children. That is why Jesus died on the cross: so that you could become one of His own.
Richard W. Adams wrote:
The call goes out from highest Heaven,
From that great Voice whose vast decree
Calls out of nothing all creation,
And brings to birth eternity.
Go down, My Son, go down from Heaven,
Bring My beloved home to Me.
Go find her, lost, abandoned, ruined,
Storm-tossed in sin’s relentless sea.
Now speaks the Prince of highest Heaven,
Whose light no seraph can endure—
Who owns the glories of the Godhead
By right and title all-secure.
Yes, I will go, go down from Heaven,
To find our lost, our wandering bride,
I’ll bring her home, whatever it cost Me—
I’ll bring her home, though I must die.
On the cross, Jesus paid the price to bring you home to Himself. But you must make the choice to run into His open arms and let Him save you and shepherd you. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him 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 GospelLightSociety.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.