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July 22, 2022
Today’s reading: John 6:60-61, 66-67
Preach not to please
We read in John 6:60-61, 66-67:
60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”
61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?”
66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
Yahshua’s teaching was radical and hard to accept. A lot of people can’t fully comprehend them. Some might have willfully just ignored Christ’s teaching and simply walked away.
We can see here that Yahshua wasn’t afraid to teach the truth. Even if that means losing followers, He ensures that people hear what they need to hear not what they want to hear.
Sadly, that’s how some churches work right now. They only preach about feel-good religion. They only talk about God’s love, grace, and blessings. While those things are important, they are afraid to talk about sin, repentance, and change, which are more difficult to accept and do.
I remember an interview with a famous pastor of a megachurch in the United States. He was asked, “Why don’t you preach more about sin and repentance?” His response was, “People are discouraged and depressed already. You don’t want them to feel worse.”
I’m paraphrasing, but that essentially summarizes how some church leaders avoid the hard topics just to keep their members coming back week after week.
Well, for the Messiah, it is better to hurt people with the truth than to comfort them with lies.
Yahshua was never a people pleaser, but rather, God-pleaser.
That’s also what we must be. Whether our decision to follow God pleases people or not, we must and should still follow God.
In the end, we will be standing before the Judgment Throne of Yahshua and not in front of other people.
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