Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The Reason for Rejection
Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find witnesses who would lie about Jesus, so they could put him to death. (Matthew 26:59)
We might wonder how the religious leaders of Jesus’ day could be so heartless as to take Him and put Him to such a quick death. Where was their compassion? Where was their sense of fairness?
Even if they didn’t accept Him as the Messiah, what was behind this hatred toward Him? Why did they desire such a quick execution?
We could take the same question and apply it to the broader issue of why people reject Jesus Christ without ever taking time to consider His claims.
Why do people reject the revelation of Scripture, when in most cases, they have never taken the time to read it for themselves? Why is that people refuse to give at least a fair hearing to the message of the gospel?
Jesus said, “Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil” (John 3:19).
Someone may say, “The reason I am not a Christian is because I disagree with this or I have problems with that.” According to Jesus, the real reason is that their deeds are evil. They don't want to come into the light, where their deeds will be exposed. Everything else is nothing more than an excuse those people hide behind.
I am not saying that people do not have legitimate questions to ask. I am not saying people do not grapple with some of these truths.
What I am saying is that when people are true seekers of God and they are presented with the answers to their questions, they will believe.
Copyright © 2008 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
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The Bible says, "If any man be in Christ, he is an altogether different kind of person. Old things have passed away. Everything becomes fresh and new." That is the truth I want you and everyone who reads this book to come away with. And it is a message not just of hope, but also of Christ's redemptive power.