In the Word we see Jesus encountering lots of different individuals and groups, and we see lots of ways that people react to Him.
We see the Samaritan woman at the well becoming an amazing evangelist after recognising Jesus as Lord (John 4 v 39).
We see the Gadarene demoniac set free and delivered (Mark 5 v 1 to 15).
We see the woman taken in adultery freed from her captors, receiving love and compassion.
We see time and time again people set free and recognising Jesus as Lord.
But we also see the religious Jesus who cannot and will not accept that Jesus is the Lord, that He is the Christ.
They cannot accept the grace and truth that Jesus declares!
We see the religious Jews wanting to kill Him, want to stone Him (John 8 v 59).
We see the perversity of religion when we see the religious Jesus even got upset with Jesus for raising a man from the dead (John 11 v 46 and 47)
Religion is perverse; Jesus is grace and truth.
Grace still upsets the religious people today, those of us speaking out about unconditional forgiveness and about being made righteous know all about that.
Grace has nothing to do with our performance or actions; religion is all about what you do.
I thank the Lord that I live under grace and not law; I thank the Lord that He looks to the performance of Jesus and not at mine.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus I live under grace and not law”.
John 8 v 58 and 59…..Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus went out of the temple, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by