Ashamed of Christ?

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 1 John 2:22-23

Like other students, Jack had doubts about Christ. But he was wise enough to visit a pastor with whom he shared: “I believe in God but I don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” “Let me tell you what to do,” responded the pastor, “Get down on your knees here in my office and tell God that you don’t believe that Jesus is His Son.” Jack made it to his knees but, instead of words, tears came. He rose from the floor a believer and later became a pastor who preached Jesus, the Son of Man and Son of God.

Some people deny Jesus in violent ways as did Paul. Before his conversion he persecuted Christians, dragging them to jail and clamoring for the death penalty. Others are more polite: they don’t stone Christians; they don’t throw paint at church doors or bricks through church windows; nor do they burn Bibles. They simply ignore Him or “damn Him with faint praise” (Alexander Pope).

But, says John, if we want the Father and His blessings we also need the Son. “There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God” (Paul in 1 Timothy 2:5, Contemporary English Version).

PRAYER

“I’m not ashamed to own You, Lord, or to defend Your cause; maintain the glory of Your cross and honor all Your laws. Jesus, my Lord! I know Your name; Your name is all my boast. (Isaac Watts, 1707, Altered)