Jesus threw Himself under the bus.
John 1:14 states: “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus was THE Word of God who took on human flesh, lived among His people the Jews, performed miracles, preached and taught the Scriptures, cared for the hurting, and confronted the religious leaders of His day.
In doing all of this, Jesus ALWAYS told the TRUTH. He never sugar-coated anything.
Jesus “loved” the rich, young ruler, but He also exposed the heart of idolatry in the young man by showing him that though he “said” he wanted to be saved, what he really loved more than God was his money. “’One thing you lack. Go, sell all you have & give to the poor, and then come and follow me.’ Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions” (Mark 10:21-22).
In order to be saved, we must all be willing to deal with the idols (or gods) of our hearts, and be willing to surrender them to God. It may not be money. It may be our job, or our entertainment, or our sexuality.
In John 4, Jesus confronted the woman at the well with the fact that she had previously been married five times, and the man that she was living with currently was not her husband. He had to bring her to the point of seeing her sin before she could see that she needed a Savior.
In John 8, a woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Jesus by the Pharisees, and they asked Jesus what they should do with her. Jesus wrote on the ground and then said to them, “let he who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then they all left.
Jesus asked the woman, “Has no one condemned you?” To which she replied, “No one, Sir.” Jesus then said, “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Jesus was FULL of grace and truth. He never exchanged one for the other.
Consequently, His commitment to telling the truth got Him killed. “Again the high priest asked him, ’Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
Before this question, many in the Council were making up false accusations against Jesus, and Jesus just remained silent. Yet, when the high priest asked Him point-blank, “Are you the Christ?” Jesus, without hesitating, looked at them in the eye and in all of His glory said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
And it got Him killed.
In America (and around the world), non-Christians are becoming increasingly hostile toward Bible-believing Christians. We have recently seen this in the uproar over Chick-fil-A’s president Dan Cathy’s stance for traditional marriage. His reply “guilty as charged” has led to public leaders in major cities in the U.S. to seek to ban Chick-fil-A from starting new restaurants in their cities, saying that the restaurant chain “does not stand for our values.”
Christian, does this surprise you? It shouldn’t. Jesus Himself said, “All nations will hate you because you are my followers” (Matthew 10:22). The apostle Paul stated that whoever desires to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Additionally, Romans 1 states:
18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools… 24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator… 26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
This is not popular, but it is the TRUTH of Scripture.
The good news of Jesus Christ is that ANYONE who will REPENT and turn from sin, to the living God through Christ WILL BE SAVED! That is the GRACE of the Scriptures.
But you can’t have the GRACE without the TRUTH. Jesus was literally the embodiment of BOTH.
And He calls Christians to be the same.