Why does the name of Jesus Christ create such an uproar? There was vitriol 2000 years ago and the same vehemence is spewed today.
I just read an interesting article by R.C. Sproul called, Why Did the Pharisees Hate Jesus So Much?. He gave three reasons, but the third really resonated. He says, in part, “Those who were in positions of power and authority, as the Pharisees and Sadducees were, feared losing their power and authority. The Jewish leaders feared the consequences of a revolt against Rome. That’s on almost every page of the New Testament.”
We indeed see this continue in Acts 21 from today’s podcast as Paul carries out the ministry to which he was called, don’t we? People – all people – do really crazy things when they’re afraid of giving up their power and control.
If you’re struggling with giving up that control, I want to encourage you today. You can trust Him and you don’t have to be afraid. Romans 10:13 says, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” There is power in that name!
If you make that decision today – if you call on the name of the Lord – please let me know. I would love to share your joy!