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Just What Did He Mean?

If this does not describe you, you may stop reading now. Matthew says we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Light reveals and exposes. Turn off that light! If you are being persecuted, make sure it is for being righteous, not for being odd. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

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Just let a public figure stick his neck above the crowd to espouse a biblical virtue, and the attack is instant. They will lie about you. The most righteous person who ever lived, Jesus Christ, was crucified on the testimony of false witnesses. Expect it. Understand, this world hates Jesus. Oh, not the baby in the manger or the One who healed the sick or fed the multitudes.

Jesus came against the liquor, abortion, and pornography industries. He came against pride, racism and hatred. For that, the world hates Him. And it will hate you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own [just be worldly and the world will love you], but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

Now listen to this:] If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. John Jesus came to condemn and expose their sin, and they hated Him. The world still hates Him and the things He stands against.

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The world hates you for the life you show and the Lord you serve. You will find yourself the butt of jokes. We are looked down upon, reviled. People are in prison right now because they have stood against sin. Many others suffered unimaginable torture and deprivation. In China, Christians who worship in churches that are not state-run face prison and even torture. In the Sudan right now, some Christians, often children, are sold into slavery, many of the little girls forced into prostitution.

Others are forced to convert to Islam, and if you refuse, you will be put to death. Mark describes the Tribulation, but we see foregleams of it today. R eign in life. We have a kingdom. We reign with Christ in life. Remember who you are: a child of the king. Rejoice in the Lord. Remain True to the Lord. Early in the book of Acts, Peter and John were thrown in jail and beaten for preaching Jesus.

Remember, as Stephen was being stoned to death, who was looking on? Saul—later to become Paul, the mightiest Christian missionary theologian the world has ever known—observed Stephen as he was persecuted to death. Saul was changed. What changed him? The way Stephen died.

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They could not intimidate Stephen, so they stoned him to death. Can you imagine what it would be like to be stoned to death? Have mercy upon them. The testimony of the persecuted Stephen, whom he had seen martyred. Release Love. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you, that ye may be the children of your Father, which is in heaven ….

Matthew Be like God and love them. These people are blind. In fact, the Bible says in the last days those that kill us will think they do God a service John Into their blindness, the face of Stephen shined like an angel. He released love when he was persecuted. We need to treat our persecutors as God has treated us.

Come to grips with it: We are going to be persecuted. These are days of golden opportunity to share the Lord Jesus Christ. Prepare your children. First prepare yourself. May I die to this world before I die physically. Again, the skill and depth of His teachings support the case only for His total mental soundness. If only we were as sane as He! That's all the counseling they need. And it would suffer immeasurably through comparison. For nearly 2, years the Christian world has been holding in its hands the complete answer to its restless and fruitless yearnings.

The discrepancy between the depth and sanity Preposterous imagination! I cannot personally conclude that Jesus was a liar or a lunatic.

Jesus is the Only Way

When I discuss this with most Jewish people, it's interesting how they respond. They usually tell me that Jesus was a moral, upright, religious leader, a good man, or some kind of prophet. I then share with them the claims Jesus made about Himself and then this material on the trilemma liar, lunatic, or Lord.

The issue with these 3 alternatives is not which is possible — for it is obvious that all 3 are possible. Who you decide Jesus Christ is must not be an idle intellectual exercise. You cannot put Him on the shelf as a great moral teacher. That is not a valid option. The evidence is clearly in favor of Jesus as Lord. Some people, however, reject this clear evidence because of moral implications involved.

They don't want to face up to the responsibility or implications of calling Him Lord.

Jesus is Coming

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