August 3, 1986
When people meet Jesus, unless their hearts are attuned in faith, they do not like what he has to say. As Christians, we are called to live in obedience to God, separate from the ways of the world. In this sermon Alistair Begg challenges us to consider how to live in a fallen world lest we become too earthly minded to be of any heavenly use.
1After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews1 were seeking to kill him. 2Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. 3So his brothers2 said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 4For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” 5For not even his brothers believed in him. 6Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. 8You go up to the feast. I am not3 going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” 9After saying this, he remained in Galilee.
10But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.