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Why Do People Reject Jesus?

Introduction

Good morning, beloved congregation. I am grateful to stand before you today and speak to your hearts from an essential passage in the Bible that marks our Faith. John 14:6 says, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" This powerful declaration from Christ sets the foundation for our discussion today on a sensitive yet pressing topic: Why do people reject Jesus?


Understanding Rejection

What drives a person to turn away from Jesus, who promises to be the way, the truth, and the life? Numerous reasons might influence this rejection, but today, we'll explore two that stand out.


The Fear of Change

In our lives, change can be intimidating. Jesus calls us into a life that's transformed – a stark contrast to the norms of this world. For some, the idea of such drastic transformation breeds fear and, consequently, rejection.


Misconceptions and Doubts

Many have heard of Jesus but carry misconceptions about His character or doubt His existence and teachings. These seeds of doubt can sprout into a firm denial to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior.


Overcoming Obstacles

How, then, can we, as followers of Christ, address these rejections? The answer lies not in condemnation but in understanding and gentle persuasion.


Empathy and Engagement

It is essential to approach those who doubt with empathy. Engaging in non-judgmental, open conversations about Faith can provide clarity, gently challenge misconceptions, and exemplify Christ's love.


Knowledge and Testimony

We must equip ourselves with knowledge and be ready to share our testimony. There's a profound impact when others see Jesus alive and working through us; it speaks volumes beyond mere words.


Personal Reflection

Now, looking within, how have we sometimes rejected Jesus in our daily choices? Are there areas in our lives where we resist His way, truth, or life?


Examination of Heart

An honest self-examination can reveal parts of our hearts that still need to fully accept Christ's lordship. It is crucial to seek His strength to overcome these barriers we set up ourselves.


Spiritual Growth

Remember that growth is a continuous process. Even after we have accepted Jesus, we can always grow deeper in our relationship with Him, embarking on an unending path toward spiritual maturity.


Closing

In closing, my dear friends, remember this: Rejecting Jesus reflects a profound need for Him. It is a silent cry for truth, direction, and life—all found in Him.


Call to Action

Our mission is to stand as beacons of His love and grace and to extend the invitation to walk compassionately with Jesus. Therefore, go forth and bravely embody the way, the truth, and the life for all who seek it.


And now, may the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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