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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 02-11-2010
Category: Christ related
Was Jesus insensitive?

We use the term 'politically incorrect' to indicate that someone does not say all the right things that are expected of him. Was Jesus guilty of that?

Let's look at His mission: He came to earth to save sinners.1 What did He say when asked how many would be saved? Work hard at it, because not many are going to make it.2 He became even more severe when He told people that many will arrive at heaven's door and He will reject them.3 Why? People thought they knew Him, because they ate with Him and listened to His words (sermons), but it was worthless if they didn't obey Him. On another occasion Jesus was even more severe: He told His disciples that they had to deny themselves (forget their own ideals and plans), not be ashamed of His words and take up their crosses ('not my will, but yours be done') and follow Him.4

What motivated Jesus?

  • He knows that nothing worthwhile comes automatically. You have to work hard and apply yourself.
  • He knows that eternal life with God on the restored planet is worth countless billions (in human terms).
  • He knows how easy it is to get mixed up between formal 'religion' (keeping laws and doing rituals) and a relationship with Him.
  • He knows that the judgement at the end of this age, will be very precise. The books will judge:5 the Bible and the books of our lives. Then the time of grace and mercy will be past. No one will be favored.
  • He knows that our earthly life is very short in comparison to eternity: we cannot loose anything if we gain eternal life with God.
  • He knows that if we are obedient to Him, He is going to take care of us: 'He will never leave us nor forsake us.'6
  • He knows that in eternity the Trinity will always be in command: they are our objects of devotion. If we cannot learn to honor and love God here, what makes us think we will do it there? Then all people can use the excuse that they will learn to honor and love God after death.

Conclusion
To our sensitive ears it might sound harsh, but Jesus was really calling sinners to repentance, making sure that they will be with Him in paradise. It is a time wasting effort for people to accept Jesus as Savior and not to obey Him as their Lord. Jesus, who created all people and who came to save all people, knows where the pitfalls are. We can never lose anything if we believe Him. On the contrary, a hundred years from now we will wish we had been more obedient.

References

  1. Luke 5:32. 'I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.'
  2. Luke 13:24. 'Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.'
  3. Luke 13:25-27. "Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'"
  4. Luke 9:23-26. "Then he said to them all: 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels."
  5. Daniel 7:9-14; Revelation 20:11-12. Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened....'
  6. Hebrews 13:5b. 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'


"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27