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Telling People What They Do Not Want To Hear

Acts 28

The book of Acts ends with Paul finally arriving in Rome. He had yearned to go there for some time (Romans 15:24). When he arrived, he followed his normal protocol to talk to the Jews first (Acts 17:1-2); since he was under arrest, he could not enter the synagogue, but rather called the Jewish leaders to him.

He told the Jewish leaders why he was there, and they expressed interest in hearing his side of the story since they had heard negative things about Christianity. But when Paul told them about Jesus, some were convinced and others disbelieved. The Jewish leaders vigorously argued with each other.

It seems that Paul was telling many of them something they did not want to hear. A Jewish person in that time was still waiting for the Messiah to come. To be told that the Messiah had already come and that they, the Jews, had put Him to death was not welcome news. But that did not change the truth.

In our day and age, there are many who do not want to hear about Jesus. It is inconvenient to deal with the truth about Him and ourselves. Just like the Jewish leaders who preferred to go on living as they had been, there are people around us who prefer their current life to one with Jesus. But that does not change the truth. May we continue telling others about Jesus - even when it is not what they want to hear.

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

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