So many times we read our bibles or hear a sermon and frown upon the way the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, Jews, Romans…all those who antagonized Jesus behaved. Jesus came with a message that was different from what they were used to hearing, but was clearly supported by scripture. They witnessed Him working miracles and proving who He was, and they rejected Him. We read about how at the beginning of the week they shouted HOSSANNA , but at the end of the week they yelled CRUCIFY Him! We think to ourselves, or proclaim that if we were living back then that we would have bee on Jesus’ side….
But, your attitude now implies how you would have behaved then. How you react to the word of truth now implies how you would have reacted then. I’m not talking about the false prosperity ‘preachers’ who come on at 2am promising riches without preaching a word about salvation. But I’m talking about when a real word comes forth that may challenge your personal theology. That’s what Jesus did. That’s what the apostles did.
They confronted and corrected Jesus IN HIS HOUSE…many people would do the same thing today.
They were concerned with the outward appearance but not the heart…many people are today.
They worshiped Him with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him…many people do that today.
They established their own righteous and a form of godliness, but not according to knowledge…many people do that today.
They twisted the word to fit their purpose…many people do today.
Some were apathetic and just didn’t care…many are today.
60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”
...and then left Him.
Would you have been one of those shouting “CRUCIFY HIM!” when they discovered He didn’t fulfill their expectations?
Your attitude today…How you respond today not only implies how you would have responded then, but which side you would have chosen. Beware the leaven ( teaching, mindset) of the Pharisees!!!(Matthew 16:6)