Hard Words of Christ
Every Sunday until November 24, 2019
9:00am – 12:30pmCategory: Series
October 13th: I Have Come to Give...Division
The Americanized gospel has tamed Jesus. Put him in a box. Today's version of Jesus tells us how awesome we are. He only encourages. He affirms everything about us. He's essentially become a glorified cheerleader of (you guessed it)...you! Conveniently, the Church tends to steer clear of any version of Jesus that might challenge our Americanized Jesus. We simply turn a blind eye toward the plethora of Scripture that paints an entirely different picture of GOD in human flesh. In the Gospels Jesus said some outlandish things. Some downright "crazy" things by human standards. He said...
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you..."
"Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division."
"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple."
"Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."
And the list goes on...
CS Lewis said this: "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic– on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg– or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
Make no mistake, if Jesus is Lord, we must come to grips with ALL his words.
Even the HARD WORDS.
We must seek to understand. More importantly, as followers of Jesus, we must seek to align our lives with the truth of these words. It's time the American church put away their culturally contrived Christ. Perhaps that starts with going back and examining the HARD WORDS of Christ.