Summary: There is one particular teaching that Christ gave us that has proven throughout history to have been offensive to many people.
It is important for us to be as loving, caring and concerned people we can be. This is the example that Jesus portrayed. That is, for the most part. There is one particular teaching that Christ gave us that has proven throughout history to have been offensive to many people.
And yet, this particular teaching should draw us ever closer to a better relationship with the Lord.
I want us to notice that Jesus did not say to the disciples that:
· He was one of the great truths to life.
· “I only say things that are true…”
· “I know what I am talking about, so listen to me…”
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
When the world considers the teachings of Christ, for the most part most people agree with what He had to say.
All through history, philosophers and teachers have given respect to Jesus to one degree or another.
With the exception of this one statement declared by Christ, when the world has to consider Jesus saying He is the Truth, they can’t agree.
Because Jesus is telling us that there is no other Truth.
Consider in the Old Testament that people were happy with the beliefs of Judaism. That is, until prophets like Ezekiel and Elijah came against the gods that claimed to be have the truth.
Consider the events of the New Testament. The early N.T. believer didn’t have problems with anyone until they realized they could no longer acknowledge the false gods of Rome.
The governments didn’t have a problem with Christianity until they saw that the Christians were not going to worship and bow down to Caesar, Zeus, and Mars…
When the Christians stood in defiance to having anything to do with the more acceptable gods, they were thrown to the lions, beaten with rocks, tortured and even crucified.
These Christians declared that Jesus was the only Truth.
This became an offense to everyone.
Consider the reformation that took place in the early 1500’s. Those who embraced the new revelation of grace and faith were the only ones persecuted and thrown into prison by the church.
These Christians didn’t have problems until they decided not to worship the Pope and his Papacey (Roman church government).
Consider the day and time we live in today. It is no different.
People don’t have a problem with Christians until they make the claim that without Jesus they will spend eternity in Hell.
Then they are called “born-again bigots”.
As we read in Psalms 85:10 (quickview) , Mercy and Truth are met together. They co-habitate with one another. That is the way God has intended it to be, but many people only look to the Lord for his Mercy. Many times, people do not want to accept the absolute Truth that Jesus is the only Truth.
Perhaps this is why many churches do not experience revivals, great healings, signs and wonders. Because we only want the sweet non offensive side of Jesus taught. Meanwhile, Jesus is declaring to be the only Truth. HE said, “I am the Truth…”
Perhaps this is why people do not attend church, because they want to see only the real thing. The real Jesus. The real Truth.