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For the Sake of the Son

May 21, 2016

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For the Sake  of the Son

In looking through the gospels,  yes,  Jesus had a large following  of people listening  to His preaching and gladly learning the truths  of God.     Within that same crowd  there were some  who only wanted  to see miracles  and get fed miraculously.     There were also listeners  who hated Jesus’ teachings  and were only there  to try and trap Him  in something  He might say.

Jesus never softened His words  in an effort  to be politically correct.     Instead,  He always spoke the truth,  even knowing  it irritated the teachers  of the Law  and caused them  to grow  in their hatred  towards Him  and eventually seek His death.     Such was the case  when Jesus preached  in Luke 6:22-24,

Blessed are you  when men hate you,  and ostracize you,  and heap insults  upon you,  and spurn your name  as evil,   for the sake  of the Son  of Man.     Be glad  in that day,  and leap  for joy,  for behold,  your reward is great  in heaven;  for in the same way  their fathers used  to treat the prophets.

But woe  to you  who are rich,  for you are receiving  your comfort  in full.

Jesus said this  knowing full well  that He had different kinds  of listeners  in the crowd.     The people  who were honestly desiring  to live  according to God’s actual word,  were the ones  who realized  that the Pharisees and Sadducees  were imposing man-made traditions  upon the people  that were not God pleasing.     They were most glad  to stop following  all those man-made traditions,  and live according to the truths  Jesus preached.     Because they followed Jesus  instead of the Pharisees and Sadducees,  they were hated,  ostracized,  insulted,  and spurned.

The same  sorts of things  happen today.     Those who care  about truly following Jesus’ truths  are often rejected  by those  who want to have  a strong religious leadership  over other people  at any cost.     To gain attention  to themselves,  they make up their own religious standards.

In other words,  there are people  who become strong religious leaders  as they put on a front  of being an authority,  and create all sorts  of man-made rules  for people  to follow.     People who don’t study God’s word,  but want  to be religious,  become entrapped  in all the man-made rules.     They become so busy following  all the man-made rules,  they don’t even have time  to look  at the truths  in God’s word.     At the same time,  they are taught  to reject Jesus’ true followers,  under the pretext  that they are evil.     It all gets confusing  as men struggle  to be leaders  over people  and gain attention  for themselves  instead of giving all glory,  honor  and worship  to Jesus.

Jesus lets us know  that this will be happening  so that we can be forewarned  and wary  of all false teachings.     Everything contrary  to God’s given word is  to be avoided.     But,  as we stand up  for the truth  in Christ Jesus,  we will be hated,  ostracized,  insulted,  and spurned  for the sake  of the Son of Man.     Such rejection  will hurt,  but as Paul explains  in Romans 8:17,  about Christians  who look  to the word  of God,

…and if children,  heirs also,  heirs of God  and fellow-heirs  with Christ,  if indeed  we suffer with Him  in order that we may also  be glorified with Him.

We suffer “with” Christ  only if we are truly abiding  in His word.     We can’t be following  some false preacher  and honestly claim  to be suffering  for the sake  of Jesus.     Suffering with Jesus  has to include  standing strongly  in the truths  of His grace  and redemption only.     We surely will not try  to lean  in the least bit  on our own “good works”  or self-righteousness.     Only those  who suffer with Jesus  in truth  will be glorified  with Him.

That’s something  to think about  as we are inundated  with all sorts  of preaching.     Are we going  to Jesus  for the truths we need?     Are we trusting Him only  and leaning  on His promises  of grace  and forgiveness?     If we do,  it will certainly  be worth it  in the end — God promised.

Then,  in the peace  of God’s grace  we can endure  whatever kind  of rejection  the world throws our way,  knowing that Jesus has overcome  the world.     And,  in fellowship  with our Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love has endured  so much  for us.     Thank You  for Your grace  in allowing us to endure the world  for Your sake.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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