Let’s talk about Jesus and pay the price
Luke 2: 33-35
“The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Talk about what your Church does for people and it isn’t hard work. There is no threat in the main because your Church is a good community organisation with its projects and helps that it offers.
Talk about God and in the main everyone responds in agreement even though their names for God differ from Higher Power to whoever he or she is, the man upstairs, put a good word in for me!
However, talk about Jesus and it is a whole different story.
Two days ago my friend in Africa sent me this report:
“… however we are really saddened, at the start of this New Year by continued terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso that caused a number of deaths in the military. Yesterday terrorists slaughtered several people in a northern village where a trainee Church planter comes from, again yesterday radio stations reported that terrorists slaughtered several members of a traditional chief’s family members including the chief. The government has now decreed a State of Emergency in seven out of the thirteen regions of Burkina Faso. There is widespread fear and suspicion in people.”
We must pray for the Christians in Burkina Faso.
But we need to pray extensively for many more nations where Jesus followers face persecution every day. Last year it was estimated that 215 million Christians faced discrimination and violence simply because they followed Jesus.
Pray for Asia Bibi! We have friends in Pakistan who face constant struggles over this issue.
It is estimated that on average 250 Christians are killed every month in the world. Simply because people are offended because of Jesus.
Simeon was right. Jesus would cause offence. People have from day one spoken against him and his followers. He will cause the falling and rising of many. Whatever that means it is true that every day Christians fall because of Jesus but those that fall will indeed rise and reign with Him forever.
So will you continue to talk of Jesus or will you resort to the Church and to ‘God’?
May God grant you courage to boldly proclaim Jesus wherever you are and whoever you are with.