Some people you “feel at home with.” You may experience this because you have like interests. You are akin.
When I enter some homes I sense the folk there are uneasy – and my departure gives them relief.
Should Jesus of Nazareth enter your house – would you feel at home with Him? The Gadarenes “besought Him to leave their country!” Peter said: “Depart from me for I am a sinful man!”
One thing is certain Jesus cannot be ignored. Men will finally swear by Him or swear at Him.
Indeed men can now be grouped by their attitude to Him: His enemies – chiefly the upper professional classes said “He has a devil!” (John 10:20). The benefitted said “He is a good man.” (John 7:12). But Peter said: “Thou art the Christ!” (Matthew 16:16).
Here is an ascending road. Walk at my side tonight.
1. “He has a devil” – This could only be born of hatred. Jesus was free from crude ambition. He condemned sin with burning intensity.
2. “He is a good man” – So much must be admitted. Nothing need be added – leave it at that. But every good man has a sense of sin. Wesley said: “I am in bondage to sin.” Bunyan spent “night and days in tears because of his sinful heart.” Paul called himself “the chief of sinners!” These men were not guilty of the devil’s darling sin – the pride that apes humility.
Yet Jesus had no sense of guilt. Here we are face to face with something unique in human experience: a good man without a sense of sin. “He knew no sin.”
I cannot therefore live in the belief that He was ONLY a good man.
3. “You are the Christ – the Son of God!” No other category is big enough to contain Him…
He accepted worship – which is the right of God alone.
He forgave sins – which is the prerogative of God alone.
His claims were fantastic:- “I am the light of the world!” “No man comes to the Father but by me!”
Increasing numbers are finding him. Mohammed said his religion would flourish where the palm tree grew.
But no limit of clime or culture limits the sway of Jesus. Africans and Eskimos, Chinese and Chileans bow at His nail-torn feet.
If I could but tell you how truly Jesus loves you. He knows the worst about you – yet beckons you to follow Him.
Open your heart to Him.