There are definitely some statements made in the New Testament that caused a Ruckus in Jesus’ time and are still throwing non-believers, and Christians alike, for a loop. Aside from the bold assertions made by the Apostles, Jesus had some good one’s of His own.
Jesus’ Top Five…SAY WHAT?!
1. I AM THE WAY
John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
So if Jesus is THE way and there is no OTHER way to God, I think that means these other guys are out of luck…
John MacArthur once said, “All roads do in fact lead to eternity…but only one road ends in eternity WITH God.” Believer’s are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone. He took our place on the cross; paid our debt of blood, and has made THE only way for us to enter into heaven by confessing we’re hopelessly lost sinners and believing whole heartedly that Jesus is who He says He is…The Son of God.
2. GIVE AWAY EVERYTHING
A rich young ruler came to Jesus and basically said, “Hey Jesus! I’ve been a good little boy for as long as I can remember and I’ve never done anything bad! So I’m just making sure, is there ANYTHING else I need to do in order to get into heaven?”
Matt. 19:21 – Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
Dude walks away “sorrowful.”
Ouch. Rich guy cared more about his stuff than he did being in heaven. Then Jesus turns back to His posse and says…(vs23)
“Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Earthly riches can be deadly. When you have a bunch of cool toys, gadgets, houseS, cars that shoot rockets and spray oil, and your 1st Yacht was too cramped so you bought PondMaster3000, leaving that stuff behind on the way to heaven looks less and less appealing. There’s an old joke that goes something like this…”I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul.” Don’t let earthly riches fool you…heavenly riches will be far greater than anything we could ever imagine. Unless there is great DIFFICULTY in a rich person’s life -God Turning off all other lights till He’s the only light left for the rich person to look upon – it’s likely that wealthy people will spend eternity separated from their toys, cash, and God.
3. HATE YOUR PARENTS
Luke 14:26 – “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”
I know you’re saying to yourself…WHAT?? Take a look at how Matthew words the same statement…Matt. 10:37 – “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
That statement is the key to understanding this difficult command. Jesus is not actually calling for “hatred,” but a lesser love. Jesus was calling His disciples to cultivate such a devotion to Him that their attachment to EVERYTHING else—including their own lives—would seem like hatred by comparison.
4. YOUR SECRET SIN ISN’T SAFE
Luke 12:2-3 – “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”
Those who think they can escape shame by sinning behind closed doors with the lights off will discover one day that full disclosure of their secrets before the throne of God is the worst shame of all.
It’s ludicrous to think we can mitigate our sin by keeping it secret. It’s even more ridiculous to convince ourselves that we are better than others because we sin in private rather than in public. Don’t be stupid and think you can get away with sin by covering it up. (Prov. 28:13).
5. I CHOSE YOU, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND
John 6:64-65 – “But there are some of you who do not believe. (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
Jesus clearly stated that people, apart from God sovereignly choosing them, would never come to God. Jesus makes this emphatically clear a few chapters later…
“You did not choose me, but I chose you.” (John 15:16) Like all of scripture, this isn’t really up for us to decide if we agree with it or not. This statement is one that will stretch our man-centered thinking and continue to spark debate until at last we stand before God and He says, “nope…I didn’t mess up…I meant what I said there too.”
There are many things Jesus said as well as several of the Apostles that, from an earthly understanding, we simply cannot accept because it’s not fair, it’s not nice, or it’s not right. Whatever the reason may be, it’s irrelevant. The word of God is clear and accurate; without error. We can trust everything in it to be true. The only thing that is up for us to decide is whether or not we’ll put more trust in God and in His word than we do in ourselves.
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