What I Read Today:

2 Corinthians 8; John 7; Hosea 9-10; Proverbs 24; Ezra 5-6; Deuteronomy 5

I have seen a painting of Jesus holding a lamb on his lap and lambs all around him.  We like that image of Jesus.  The loving shepherd just waiting to hold each of us in his lap.  It is an image that brings us peace and joy.

But throughout the Gospels, we see another image of Jesus.

We see a Jesus who has no problem telling it like it is.  He scolds Peter and the other disciples numerous times.  Jesus calls out the Pharisees and Sadducees on several occasions.  We get a picture of Jesus as he tosses out the money changes in the temple.

People don’t like to be told that they are sinful.  Many don’t like the idea that they need a savior.  Even in the church, we struggle with the idea that we need Jesus to get into Heaven.

Jesus broke with the traditions of the elders.  He dared to show mercy and grace by healing people on the Sabbath.  Jesus did not follow the letter of the law because Jesus knew the intent of the law.  He understood that the purpose of the entire Law of God was to point sinners to their need for a savior.

Today Jesus is more controversial than ever before.  Being a Bible Believing Christian is a sure way to draw down the ire of somebody.  People haven’t changed in the two thousand years since the resurrection.  They still do not like being told that they need a savior.  Society still likes to believe that all people are basically good.  That may sound surprising since there is an abundance of evidence around us that would indicate otherwise.

Following Jesus is tough.  Living out the life he wants us to live out is even tougher.

However, it is worth it!

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