The power of the word of God is magnetic. When the son of God is lifted up, he draws all men onto him. Jesus was a gatherer. He was a gatherer in his natural life and in life eternal through the Holy Spirit.
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Religion as we know it, seemed to accomplish much more scattering than gathering. While true religion was charitable and righteous, our religion looks ritualistic and boastful. It’s a reason why many left the churches and sought after new age teachings and witchcraft. In order to win people back, it's also why some of those same elements found their way into the church.
The gospel became a business in exchange for freedom of speech. The same freedoms Christ laid down his life for. We found ourselves enamoured with hypocri$y, which was one of the key things Jesus sought to remind us of during his walk.
Can we handle the real gospel?
I often look at the mega church scene and wonder why so many are attracted to it. It’s more or less gospel light, trimmed of all the things which actually serve to save our souls. As the word says, narrow is the way and few will find it.
Most of us genuinely want to know God but when we see what it takes, it’s difficult to accept and easier to avoid. It’s similar to coming into the truth when you’ve comfortably lived a lie for your entire life. You feel like your world just ended.
When Jesus started preaching “hard sayings” or things persons didn’t want to hear, he lost followers. A reminder that the closer you get to Jesus, the smaller your circle gets. He consistently dropped jewels on his generation but the ancestors of cancel culture wouldn't have it.
The preaching of the cross is foolishness to most but miraculously still able to convert 3000 souls in a single day. Let’s take a look at the foolishness that was preached by Peter and the power of God.
Ok, what is going on?
Peter uses the words of the prophets to proclaim that the day of the Lord is at hand.
This sounds bad...can I be saved?
Peter reminds us to cling to the Lord, call upon his name and we shall be saved.
It wasn't my fault so this doesn't apply to me...why should I care?
Actually yes, Peter explains that we are all guilty as our sins put to death an innocent man.
Can I do it another way? I heard I need to open my third eye...
Peter asserts that there is only one saviour, so discard any pre-conceived notions or alternative paths that we may have heard of.
Are you sure God did this?
Peter confirms the salvation ordained by God, as Jesus Christ was indeed sent, laid down his life and raised from the dead to be witnessed by many.
What do I do now?
Peter tells all to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. If that wasn't enough, God has a gift waiting for us in the Holy Ghost.
If we look at the preaching of the cross it was rather simple. It told the story of man’s fallen state and desperate need for redemption, the redemption that was sent and guidance on what to do next. No fancy words needed.
Verses to read:
Jeremiah 23:21 - 23:22
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
2 Peter 2:19
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1 Corinthians 1:26 - 1:28