(Esther 4-6, Acts 5:17-42)
29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins…” 33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. (Acts 5:29-31, 33)
The truth is always controversial because it demands a response. Every lie, every deception is exposed when truth is revealed, and that can be quite painful. When we regard the truth about Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are confronted with our sinful hearts.
To truly receive truth is no passive thing. We cannot nod our heads and continue on in the way were living. The truth demands a response and an absolute response. Is it still Good News? Yes! Yes, but only to those who will yield.
The goal of preaching the Gospel cannot be popularity. The Gospel, the Good News, is confrontational. It has a bite. Not everyone who hears it will want to bow to Jesus. Some will resist. Some will be enraged. The goal of the messenger is to preach the message with clarity and power. Set your heart to be loyal to Jesus. He is our message, and He is always good!