Jesus and Critics

20 11 2008

When Jesus Christ walked the earth, the people who were most involved in God’s community were the people who were the biggest critics of Christ, His mission and His ministry. It’s crazy. Christ’s critics were in worship every week. They were engaged in the Scriptures. But since Jesus didn’t fit in their box in the way they thought He should do ministry, they missed Him.

You would think they would see His heart to reach the lost sheep, but they didn’t. You would think they would listen to truth of His words, but they didn’t. You would think they would see what the Holy Spirit was doing in the lives of those who were following Him, but they didn’t. Because they were so hung up on the rites of the Sabbath, they missed that He was The Lord of the Sabbath. Because they couldn’t see the Rock He was building his church on, they decided to throw stones. Because they were threatened by Him, they decided to threaten him.

Even though His critics probably never received Him, He ultimately went to the cross to pay the penalty for those sins that probably hurt HIm the very most.

“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6

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3 responses

21 11 2008
theAlley church

Hmmm… I wonder what inspired this post?

21 11 2008
Tim Kade

Alley,
I’ve just noticed an increased criticism and stone throwing this week by Christ followers. They are angry at Christians who don’t fit in their mold of what it means to follow Christ. It’s sad and it breaks the heart of God.

In the past I’ve tried to have discussions with them, but it didn’t take me long to realize that most critics don’t want an explanation…they want an argument. They want the chance to shame you, to speak down to you, and to tell you how right THEY ARE! It’s really fruitless and pointless. I am learning to live out of 2 Timothy 2:23 and not have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments.

In Luke 15 when the prodigal son comes home, the older brother stands outside criticizing. The Father goes outside and pleads with the older brother to come in. I’m not there yet, but I’m learning compassion by praying for them and asking God to allow them to come into the house and celebrate what He is doing–even it isn’t their style.

25 11 2008
stephen

thanks tim! how much is this a sign of the times, how much will it increase? But how much more will God meet our needs and reveal to us His designs for community and loving connection to each other!
As long as the doors to Epic remain open to “them” and your heart remains open to the conversations, you’re following in the footsteps of Christ who used attempts at argument to testify to the others His confidence in the Truth…! In the meantime, Ezekiel 34 shows us how God himself seeks out the strays to bring them back into His fold. Keep up your faithful service!

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