If Jesus just told everybody how to be a nice person no one would have a problem with that.
If Jesus just told everybody to eat and drink and be merry no one would have a problem with that.
But that’s not what Jesus told everybody. He didn’t come to impress the world. He came to save it, and that’s what the world has a problem with! The world doesn’t want a Savior no matter how bad it needs one.
No matter how much one talks about the grace of God the topic of grace coupled with God will agitate the world because the message reminds the world why they are in need of what they don’t want. The little ole’ word sin. You can’t have grace without it. And we all need grace because of it.
Jesus once told his unbelieving brothers, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.” (John 7:7) This hasn’t changed because Jesus hasn’t changed. His grace in and of itself testifies of hearts gone wrong, words gone wrong, works gone wrong and entire lives gone wrong.
Jesus came because the world has a problem, but the world has a problem with Jesus because he came. What a dichotomy! So now we must all decide whether or not we’re going to let Jesus take care of our problem which will include the world having a problem with us, or whether we’re going to blame the problem on him in which case we’ll find our self in a whole other world of problems. Because in case you haven’t checked lately, the world still has a problem with Jesus because the world still has a problem that we won’t let him deal with.
“Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world has no love for you.” (1 John 3:13 – BBE)