2021_08_25 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Luke 12
A lot of times when I hear people talk about Jesus, it seems like they see Him as nice, understanding and willing to overlook mistakes... like He is like a gentle grandparent that just wants everyone to get along. The Bible does tell us that Jesus is gentle and approachable (see Matthew 11:28-30), but that is not the full picture of who He is. At the beginning of Luke 12 we read, “Meanwhile, the crowds grew until thousands were milling about and stepping on each other. Jesus turned first to his disciples and warned them, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees—their hypocrisy. 2 The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. 3 Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear! 4 “Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. 5 But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear.” (NLT)
Jesus is kind, but never at the expense of honesty. He is gentle, but not when a hard truth is needed. Jesus loves us way too much to hide reality just to make us feel better. As we read Luke 12 this week, let’s remember that everything Jesus says and does, is for our benefit. His corrections, warnings and hard things to hear are all key parts of His love.