The Cost of Proclaiming Christ

There are a lot of causes that people stand for and stand against. Daily, you can see some advocacy or protest in your life. It is rarely over something that is truly significant or life altering. It is almost never over something that is eternal. In our search for meaning and significance, it seems plausible to me that at least the Lord Jesus should be one value we are willing to advocate or protest. That’s not true though. Those who know Jesus as the Christ, Savior and Lord fail too often in The Custom of Proclaiming Christ. We fail Him, His Kingdom and His Father when we don’t proclaim Christ. Perhaps, our fear of The Cost of Proclaiming Christ is the reason we don’t herald Him. Regardless, we know that we will face opposition when we make it known that our actions are because of Jesus Christ.

Let’s face it, people do not like it when they are told what Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Let’s see it in action during Paul’s time in Acts 17.

As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.

But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.

You see the people couldn’t get Paul and Silas, so they got Jason and other believers who associated with them. Since Jason open his home to Paul and Silas, he was accused of the real issue at the heart of us all – that Jesus is King. No one wants to acknowledge that they really want to be kings of their own lives. They want to rule rather than being ruled. The problem is that we all are desperately inept at ruling our own lives. We make horrible messes of our lives because we are not all-knowing, all-powerful, all-wise or all anything except a mess. Our lives are not the old adage of making lemonade out of lemons. We don’t have the ability to do that without God. Jesus tells us that too in John 15:5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

The heart of the matter is our heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” In the Old Testament, the “heart” is more than the seat of emotion. It represents the basis of character, including the mind and the will (4:19Prov. 4:2316:23). There can only be one king and Jesus is it, but again, we do not want to surrender to that. This is the reason we are disobedient in proclaiming Him as well as the reason for those who refute Him. They want to be king. I Corinthians 6:12 says, ““I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.”

In our hearts, the question rings of who is the king? The God answers that in His Word. Psalms 24:7-9

Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

We may not believe it now, but upon Jesus’ return, all will see that He is truly the King. The cost for Jason and the believers were that they were thrown in jail. What is God asking you to give as one who is supposed to proclaim Him. We must either demonstrate He is King now, or we will certainly demonstrate that He is King later at a much greater cost.


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