TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
I came to unify, but I also came to be a stumbling block for the wicked and to cause division between a man and his father and a daughter and her mother. Choose you this day whom you will serve – the Truth or a lie. I Am the Truth.
ONLY ONE WAY LEADS TO LIFE
To many people, the truth is offensive. “But Pastor Troy, if Jesus was perfect and what He said was 100 percent truth, why did He offend so many people in the Bible and why do His words still offend people today?”
Simple: the problem was on the receiving end, not the giving end. Jesus is not the problem. You and I are the problem because our hearts reject truth when it’s not convenient or doesn’t benefit us. Look at the Pharisees who were offended that Jesus and the disciples weren’t following their man-made law of washing their hands before supper.
Then the disciples came to Him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” – Matthew 15:12
The disciples seem distressed, but they’re about to get their minds blown when Jesus replies:
“Every plant that My Heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into the pit.” – Matthew 15:13
BOOM! No remorse. No apologies. Let me tell you, calling the religious leaders “blind” and instructing people to “leave them” could have turned into an area of offense – a stumbling block for those listening because Jesus is supposed to be all nicey nice, right?
Wrong. Jesus isn’t about tickling ears and telling you what you want to hear. His Word is truth and truth divides right from wrong. Only one way leads to life.
FROM MY SERMON SERIES FIRST THINGS