READ: John 3:16; Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 12:2.
The Lord Jesus Christ loved us all enough to have endured the cross; being born in the likeness of men in order to die for us through the most wicked of torturous deaths, to deposit our sins in Hell, and then to rise again the third day, forever making intercession for us (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).
READ: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – this is the gospel that we preach.
- Those who die IN Christ are saved and hath eternal life and go to Heaven – John 3:16.
- Those who die IN sin and without Christ are unsaved and will go to Hell – John 3:36; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9.
We will ALL go to a place starting with ‘H’.
READ: 2 Corinthians 11:4.
The majority of Christians today don’t know the real Jesus. They have their own ‘idea’ of Him; that He went around just loving everyone, and being nice to everyone, and just accepting everyone for who they were, etc., etc. But this is NOT the true Jesus of the Bible. This is another Jesus.
Yes indeed, the true Jesus does love us ALL and is willing and ready to save ANYONE who comes to God in genuine, heartfelt repentance. But in the Gospels, we read this same Jesus gave the people ‘tough love’; He told the TRUTH, and the truth hurt.
People either love or hate truth. They will either come TO the truth to be made free from sin, or they will run FROM the truth to remain in bondage to sin and death.
Take a look at just some of the incidences where Jesus gave some ‘tough love’:
Jesus got angry (righteous anger); He was no wimp, or coward, or compromiser
And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; – John 2:15.
Jesus hurt someone’s feelings; He spoke the truth
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. – Matthew 19:16-24.
Jesus didn’t hesitate to offend people with the truth
The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. – John 4:17-18.
He cared for others, however, love cannot supersede truth. Love occurs within the framework of truth.
Jesus called a group of religious people ‘evil’ snakes; He preached hard
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. – Matthew 12:34.
Jesus called on of His disciples ‘Satan’; He was outspoken
But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – Matthew 16:23.
Jesus accused one of His disciples of being a ‘devil’; He didn’t worry about offending people
Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? – John 6:70.
Jesus taught that many people will one day burn in Hell; He was more willing to be divided over truth, than to be united in error
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: – Matthew 25:41.
Jesus called people names
Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. – Matthew 15:21-28.
See also Luke 13:31-32.
Jesus didn’t even seem to regard His own earthly family either
Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? – Matthew 12:47-48.
Jesus said to do it His way or burn in Hell when you die
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6.
Jesus was no respecter of persons, and spoke the plain truth without apology. That’s ‘tough love’!
Now obviously there were reasons why Jesus did and said what He did and said, but you can see why so many Christians today don’t want to hear about all these things, because it sounds “horrible” or “nasty” or “unkind” or “unloving” or “simply not true” or, or, or.
Q. Why do you think that these Christians don’t want to know the true Jesus?
- Jesus was justified in everything He did.
- He never sinned once.
- There was a heavenly reason behind every seemingly unkind thing He did.
- We love people, but we love God more; and the truth of His word.
- We live in a wicked world that speaks and sings of love, whilst simultaneously denying God and His word (NO ONE outside of Christ knows what love is).
- There can be NO unity between the righteous and the wicked. It’s Jesus or Hell.
READ: Matthew 7:13-14 and 2 Peter 3:9.
We love Him, because He first loved us – let us NOT forget this!