In a Bible teaching today I heard the preacher talking about people having an issue with religion but not an issue with Jesus, and this made me ponder on that statement.
Many people have a problem with the church and Christians; they speak of hypocrisy, they speak of evil deeds done in the name of the church.
And I have a degree of sympathy with this view, having seen much hypocrisy in my time in the church.
However when you look at the life and teachings of Jesus there is not a lot to get annoyed about.
He was a man of compassion, mercy and love; He was a man who was for the “little” person saving His biting comments for the religious establishment.
Jesus did not have an ounce of hypocrisy or evil in His body.
There is nothing in His teachings to merit the evil deeds that we see throughout the history of the church.
Men, down through the ages and even today, have taken the words and deeds of Jesus and used them for their own ends; this is unfortunately the effect of religion.
I am not surprised many men have serious issues with “false” Christianity and the church.
But there is nothing to hold against Jesus.
Jesus is what we need to tell proclaim, what He did and who He was.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for all that I receive as a gift of grace through faith in Him”.
John 3 v 16…..For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life