Indifference isn’t one of your options

John 8:58-59  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”  So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

John MacArthur, in a sermon” Jesus Antagonizes His Enemies,” comments:

Well, you see, by the time this has gone on, there are only two reactions possible.  If you would have been in this group of Pharisees and you had been standing there and all of this had been going on all through John 8, there are only two ways you could react by now.  And, listen, indifference isn’t one of them.  By this time you couldn’t be indifferent.  You would be one of two things,

  1. you would be on your knees in penitence, bowing your heart before Christ and saying, “Christ, forgive me, God, cleanse me, I believe.”
  2. Or else you’d be full of hatred and violence and anger and the deepest kind of unbelief and vengeance.

See Jesus Christ is a disturbing person and  when you have been confronted by Jesus Christ like these Pharisees, indifference isn’t one of your options.  Belief is one of them and fury is the other one.  You see, the hearing of the good news of Jesus Christ and His persistent relentless claims either brings repentance and faith or it brings hardness and bitterness.  And may I say to you with love in my heart and with seriousness in my mind, that if you have been saying no to Jesus Christ for very long, your indifference may one day turn into bitterness and hardness and you will be doomed because you have crystalized your attitudes and they cannot be changed.  And at that point Jesus will no longer even be appealing to you, He will be repulsive to you.  And I say to you at the same time, if today you sense God at all, if today the person of Jesus Christ is at all attractive, if today you can at all feel God working in your heart and convicting you to come to Christ, then today come that you may never find that hardness of heart that makes Jesus Christ repulsive.


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