The chief priests were offended because Jesus was called "King" when they brought him to Pontius Pilate. (Mark 15:10) "For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy." They were offended because they saw the power Jesus had over the crowds of his followers that were ever growing. Was the Governor, Pontius Pilate able to squelch the believers by "washing his hands" (Matt 27:24) of Jesus Crucifixion? No! Jesus rose from the dead undefeated to lead all of us to the Father, to lead us to an abundant life and after life to spend eternity with Jesus and His Father in heaven.
As Christians we are given the great commission (Matt 28:16-20) of spreading God's word. Now more than ever, we need to speak up, to bring the word to unbelievers. Set a good example of your life in Christ. I once wrote on an earlier post that people who have Jesus in their life have a light in their eyes, there is something there that is so apparent that it shines through. Other people want and crave to have that completeness that only comes from the joy of salvation and in knowing the Father and Son. You never know what an influence you have on others just by the way you look, speak, or act. Be certain that what others see in you is your love of Christ.
If you were "polled" today and asked if religion is dying here in America, what would you answer?
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you take away with you a blessing.
My Christian heart to yours...
Recommended reading for today: In touch Ministries, message by Charles Stanley http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/in-touch/ pertinent to today's discussion.