All through the Old Testament God sent prophet after prophet to warn His chosen people of the disasters that were coming if they did not repent and stay obedient to His precepts and laws.Instead they rejected and killed the prophets and returned to their unfaithful ways, worshiping idols instead of the living God.
30 Then you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would never have joined them in killing the prophets.” 31 “But in saying that, you testify against yourselves that you are indeed the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead and finish what your ancestors started.33 Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?–Matt. 23:30-33 (NLT)
Now, God has implemented His plan to redeem the fallen world. He sends John the Baptist to prepare the way for His Son, Jesus. He came to this world to save the creatures that He had created. Jesus was Love and Light and completely obedient to His Father. There was no sin in Him. But His own chosen people rejected Him and sent Him to a cross. To those that did believe and receive Him, He has given the right to be called the children of God. If we remain faithful and carry out our mission, we will see Him in His full glory restored and reigning as King of Kings. Wherever we go, we are witnesses and our actions should reflect the honesty and truthfulness of our words.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
God sent His only Son to die a horrible death on a cross for our sins, He does not take lightly those who reject that Gift. In the Old Testament, the lawbreakers were put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Those that have rejected Jesus will be put into the lake of fire forever. Their souls will suffer torment for all ages to come. Physical death can be painful for any human, but those that have not accepted Jesus have no hope for eternity. Their souls will endure punishment forever. “Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess”. We can choose to do it now and spend an eternity with God or wait and be banished from the presence of God forever.. Sin is a deadly disease and we know the cure. If your family, friend or acquaintance had a deadly disease and you had the cure, wouldn’t you share it with them? Take a moment to pray for those that are lost. God will prepare their heart for you to speak to them. Don’t be afraid of rejection, it isn’t you they are rejecting, it is Jesus and He can handle it.
28 When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious.29 Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, 30 but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way. — Luke 4:28-30 NLT
After His temptation in the wilderness and at the Temple in Jerusalem, Jesus went to the reigon of Galilee. He had taught in their synagouges and ministered to people in that area and was praised by the people. When He came to His boyhood home of Nazareth, He went to the synagouge on the Sabbath where He read from the scroll. As He began to teach, He explained that what He had read was being fulfilled before their eyes that very day. (Luke 4:14-27) He went on to explain to them that He could not do the miracles here that He did in Capernaum because no prophet was accepted in his hometown. In other words, it is hard to witness to those who really know us because “familiarity breeds contempt”. Those that know us best sometimes have less respect for us because they feel that we are trying to be more holy than they are. To them, Jesus was just a carpenter’s son, but to the rest of the world, He was the Son of God. Their contempt for Him caused them to become angry at His words. So, they mobbed Him and took Him to the top of the cliff intending to push Him off the cliff and kill Him. However, it was not His time to die nor was He to die in this manner. In an amazing miracle, Jesus simply walked through the crowd and went on His way. God protected Him in some fashion, we aren’t told how. The takeaway from this story is that as long as we are obedient to God, He will protect us from all danger. If we speak the words He wants us to speak, we will not die before our time or in any manner that was not planned beforehand. We should never be afraid to speak the words that are given to us by the Holy Spirit.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. — Isaiah 41:10 NLT