A couple of weeks ago God’s Word taught us that we are like wandering sheep. We have wandered away from God to walk roads of our own choosing (Isaiah 53:6). Though we may feel free in our rebellion against God, we are actually lost and in danger - eternal danger. Jesus Christ however, came to this earth to execute a search and rescue mission (see Matthew 20:28; Luke 19:10; 1 Timothy 1:15).
He is the good shepherd we all need (John 10:11).
But I’m sure there are some reading this who are probably thinking, Jesus the good shepherd…are you kidding?! You see times haven’t changed. Many today are like a group of people in Jesus’ day called the Pharisees. They are suspicious and critical of Christ.
Did you know the Pharisees even referred to Jesus as, “that deceiver” (see Matthew 27:62-63)? Throughout His lifetime they questioned His integrity, constantly sought for a reason to accuse Him of wrongdoing, and even attempted to trap Him in His words (Luke 5:21; 6:6-7; 11:53-54).
On one occasion the Pharisees even, “derided” Jesus - meaning they sneered at Him and turned their noses up at Him. That incident is recorded in Luke 16:14 when we’re told, “And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.”
Now, did you notice what sparked their derision of Christ? The simple answer is, what they heard and what was in their heart. think of it this way; Jesus, “stepped on their toes” and the Pharisees did not like that. I propose that’s still the reason many despise and reject Christ. In fact, Jesus Himself said that was reason for the world’s hatred of Him.
I’m gong to close this post with Jesus’ words, but before I do, may I urge you to do two things? First, would you give serious consideration to the words you’re about read? Secondly, please check back soon because we will discover what it was the Pharisees heard Jesus say that sparked their derision of Christ.
And now as promised here are the words of Christ: “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.”