(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)

Mark 8:38, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Whoa! Jesus isn’t pulling any punches. First, He calls that current generation adulterous and sinful. Second, He challenges people to not be ashamed of Him and His words, even amidst that sinful and adulterous generation.

Jesus calls it the way He sees it and He sees it correctly. That generation was adulterous and sinful. Our generation is adulterous and sinful, too. It is because of that fact, that Jesus’ words are so important.

Jesus came into the world, not to condemn it, but to save it. His words not only declare our negative verdict, but the way for us to be saved. Like a doctor, Jesus makes the accurate diagnosis and offers the cure.

So, why are so many ashamed of His words? Is it because we have been conditioned to not be truthful about our sin and our need for Jesus? Have we been convinced by others to keep silent about Jesus and His words?

Have public and corporate policies ruled out Jesus and His words, to avoid offending someone? Are we not being “team players” if we talk about Jesus and His words, that offer the cure for our generation?

Jesus and His words are not just reserved for church and for when believers talk among themselves, or even on a Facebook post. We are to speak of Jesus and His words to the whole generation.

Jesus and His words need to be part of the conversation from the outhouse, to the schoolhouse, to the courthouse, to the statehouse, to the White House. Or, are we ashamed of Jesus and His words?

Do state and corporate policy trump Jesus and His words? Does group think trump Jesus and His words? Do we want a pat on the back from our generation more than we do from the Son of Man?

Jesus lays it out. The question is, “Are we ashamed of Him and His words in our generation?” If so, when Jesus returns, and He is returning soon, will He be ashamed of us?

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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