They hated Jesus but they also needed Him

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John 7

The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

 

Isaiah 5

20   Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;

Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;

Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21   Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,

And prudent in their own sight!

John 3

19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

 

The issue of the people with Jesus’ teachings was nothing new.  Sinful men and women do not want their sin exposed; they do not want someone telling them that what they love to do is wrong.  Sinful people want to justify their sin calling evil good and good evil.  By justifying sin and demonizing righteousness they are able, in their minds, to accept their sin without as much guilt.  They are wise in their own eyes but professing themselves to be wise they have become fools.  They are lovers of darkness rather than lovers of light because their deeds are evil.  They practice evil and hate the light avoiding it all costs.

When Jesus proclaimed their sin to them and called them out for it they hated him.  The Pharisees wanted to kill Jesus long before they actually did.  Even when Jesus did good things they hated him for it because the good that He did exposed the evil that they did.

Does this sound at all familiar?  Is there any of this going on today?  My daughter is called a “hater” at school because she does not approve of homosexuality.  It does not matter that she befriends homosexual students but that she does not approve of their sin.  People today don’t want to be tolerated by Christians but they want us to give full approval to their sinful lives.  When we stand up against their sin they hate us for it.  We become the ones in the wrong demonized for living righteously before God and man.  In fact, our silence even brings attack and we are then put on the defensive as the sinners demand that we accept them in their sin.

When you are hated for righteousness sake remember that you are in the company of Jesus Christ.  Stand firm for righteousness.  Those lost and blinded in sin need to know that there are people who love them but cannot accept their sin.  When their sinful lifestyle fails them, and it will, they need to know that there are people of righteousness and peace to come to for help.  We will be there.

What do you think would happen if Hillary Clinton became a disciple of Jesus Christ?  I mean, what if she turned from her sin and her self to follow Christ as her Savior and her Lord?  Mrs. Clinton grew up in a Methodist church in the north suburbs of Chicago.  She knows about Jesus Christ, his birth, life, death, and resurrection.  If God could save Saul of Tarsus He could also save Hillary Clinton.  Join with me in praying for her salvation.  Pray the same for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  What would it do to Chicago if the Mayor became an outspoken follower of Jesus?  Let us go on the offensive against this election and lets begin to pray for the conversion of the candidates.  That would change everything!

Pray Chicago is hosting a prayer event at McKinley Park in Chicago this Saturday.  A group is leaving from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 2:30.  If you would like to attend this prayer event let me know and I will direct you to it.

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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