“5 Reactions to the Claims of Christ” May 23

 

5 Reactions to the Claims of ChristThere were many different reactions to the claims of Christ. Some were convinced, some contrary, some confused, and others hostile. Not much has changed today. Even as believers we can fall into some of these attitudes. Where are you?

 

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 17 & 18
Psalm 66.16-20
Proverbs 16.31-32
John 7.28-53

 

John 7.28-53:

5 Reactions to the claims of Christ

John MacArthur points out in his Daily Bible that this passage “catalogues the different reactions of people to Jesus’ claims.” We still see the same categories today.

First those who are “convinced” of the truthfulness of His claims—faithful believers.

Verses 40-41a, “Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, ‘Truly this is the Prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Christ.'”

Part of the meaning of the words “faith” and “faithful” includes the idea of “unquestioning belief or loyalty.”

doubt questioningSecond, the “contrary,” those who find something wrong with everything.

Verses 41b-42, “But some said, ‘Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?'”

“Contrary” people are still around. “All the pastor wants is your money.” “Churches are full of hypocrites.” “The Bible was just written by a bunch of men.” And the list goes on.

anger finger pointingThird, the “hostile,” we’ve all met them. They don’t just not believe or not agree with you, they are prepared to go on the attack where the things of God are concerned.

Verse 44, “Now some of them wanted to take Him …”

There is a move today in our country, and it’s growing stronger, to make speaking biblical truth a crime. There are those, for instance, who would love to see anyone who speaks out against homosexuality or abortion arrested for what they consider hate crimes.  Continue reading

May 23 “Reactions to the claims of Christ”

There were many different reactions to the claims of Christ. Some were convinced, some contrary, some confused, and others hostile. Not much has changed today.

claims of Christ

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 17 & 18
Psalm 66.16-20
Proverbs 16.31-32
John 7.28-53

2 Samuel 17 & 18:

A man’s pride will bring him low

Here we have the death of Absalom as God puts down the rebellion against David. Absalom got his head caught in a great oak tree as he passed under it on his mule. Many believe that it was his beautiful flowing hair that got caught in the tree. Remember that his hair had been a source of great pride to him. So much so that when he was forced to cut it once a year, he even weighed what he cut off (2 Sam. 14.26). Proverbs 29.23 says, “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.”

But Absalom’s hair was only an outward manifestation of a bigger issue with pride. It was pride that made him think he could take matters into his own hands by killing his half brother Ammon and then rebelling against his father. And while David certainly had responsibility in the state of affairs that led to this rebellion and heartache, he ultimately trusted God’s sovereignty and trusted Him to work it out as He saw fit.

Psalm 66.16-20:

How unconfessed sin affects your prayers

Verse 18, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” Sin that is not confessed and repented of, will hinder our prayers! It’s not enough to “admit” we have sin. Repentance means a change of heart that leads to a change in actions!

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