Month: June 2015
Yesterday, I saw some photos that were embedded into a news story or blog post that showed a gay rights parade in South America (Brazil, I think). Two of the photos were particularly sad and disturbing. One showed two women positioned side-by-side on a cross, making out. The other showed a man supposedly portraying Jesus on the cross, kissing another man. It is sad to see people thinking that they are somehow gaining a victory in such displays when they are really only heaping judgment upon their heads.
By attempting to mock Jesus (which, by the way, is what the people who crucified him did), these people are attempting to rub something in the face of Christians. They might not even think that they are mocking Jesus; their intent is probably to mock his followers. However, a very interesting Bible passage comes to mind that relates to this. In Acts 9, the risen Christ speaks to Saul of Tarsus about his persecution of Christians. In verse 4, Jesus says, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” The point is that Jesus identifies so closely with his followers that he considers persecution of them to be persecution of himself. Those of us who follow Jesus and are the intended targets of such mocking and persecution can rest in the fact that Jesus takes our persecution very personally.
Such public displays of mocking Jesus, no matter how triumphantly they may seem to be done, fail miserably, for “God is not mocked,” and “whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). If you sow mocking of the only one who can save you from your sin and who will judge you in the end, then you sow eternal judgment upon yourself. Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:10). Those who know Jesus by faith will bow the knee and confess him as Lord in joyous praise as they enter eternity in his presence; those who reject him will bow the knee and confess him as Lord while begging for a second chance that will not come as they realize that they are about to spend eternity in hell. The difference between those two scenarios lies in receiving Jesus as your Savior while you still have the breath of this life. “To all who did receive him (Jesus), who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
The pictures that I referred to at the beginning of this post were of people who were attempting to portray Jesus as sinning, when, in reality, he is the one who knew no sin and yet became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21). You do not have to do something so horrible as those people did to be facing the judgment of God in hell, for, no matter how good and nice you may seem to be, if you are not in Christ, you do not have that righteousness of God that comes only from being in him. When you stand before God at the end of your life, only having perfect righteousness will allow you entry into heaven for eternity. Since none of us are perfectly righteous in our behavior (or even in our thoughts or attitudes), you can only have that righteousness by having “become the righteousness of God” in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21), and you can only do that by asking him in faith to forgive you on the basis of his death on the cross having paid the penalty for your sins. If you’ve never done that, I urge you to do so now.