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Thoughts from the Bible 05-17-17

It’s so sad to note the many bad reactions people have experienced in encountering Jesus and His cause through the ages. In dealing with the question of our receiving Jesus, I want us to see how others have responded to him.

One of the saddest verses in the Bible is John 1:11 - “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” His “own” were the descendants of Abraham - Israelites - who for centuries had been looking for the coming of “Messiah.” When He actually came, they would not receive him as the “One” for many reasons. Some rejected Him because he was meek and lowly in heart, rather than regal and mighty. They became blind to his deity through their own misconceptions of His Divine purpose for coming. Instead of receiving Him with joy, many hated him as a blasphemer.

If Jesus were to come in person today, perhaps many still would not receive him. Based on reactions to Gospel preaching, I can imagine some saying: “Jesus is too meek. All He preaches about is love and kindness. Why doesn’t he skin others more?” Can you imagine some saying “Jesus is too hard! He called some of our leading members hypocrites.” “Jesus has too narrow a concept of truth. He thinks no one can be loyal to God without following his interpretation.”

The gossips would have a field day. “Did you know Jesus was helping a drunk out of his car at 1:30 in the morning?” “Why, last week he talked to a harlot on main street at high noon.” “If he has his way, our little church is going to be ruined by the kind of folks he brings in.”

Yes, Jesus was condemned for being the friend of sinners. Matthew 11:19 - “The son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. . .”

Judas betrayed Him for 30 pieces of silver. Ask the little children: “If you could get a million dollars by rejecting Jesus and living in sin, would you do it?” No child who has learned the stories of Jesus would do so. They love Jesus the way we all should. No amount of money should tempt us away from receiving King Jesus. What would you do for money? Would a million dollars buy your loyalty away from Christ if it meant easy street – all your debts paid. Do you have a price? Friends, if you do, Satan will meet it. Someone well worded this verse: “Still as of old, man by himself is priced. For thirty pieces of silver, Judas sold himself - not Christ.”

Peter denied our Lord. Still today many deny Him by refusing to acknowledge Him over coffee, or when he is evil spoken of. Silence is not always golden!

The Roman soldiers crucified him (Matthew 27:27-31). What would you have done had you been there? Remember, Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me” (Luke 11:23). If you are against him now, you would have been against him then. According to scripture it is possible to crucify him anew if you reject him and refuse to obey him - if you let yourselves fall away. Hebrews 6:6 - “They crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”

Then there were people like the Ethiopian Eunuch who accepted Him (Acts 8:35-39). Upon hearing Philip’s sermon about the crucified Lord, the Eunuch confessed Jesus and was baptized into His death that very same day. Upon hearing the ‘“good tidings” of Christ’s Gospel, certain ones believe it, others hearing, disbelieve. The contrasting results are these: “He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36 ASV).

This verse captures the response we should make when we encounter Jesus – Believe and Obey! What will you do with Jesus - Today?

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