About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
My dad passed away on
June, 7, 2001. The older he
got the more disgusted he became with the anti-Christ direction our
western world was heading. From
his prophetic perspective things would only get worse and so he'd often
quote Acts 2:40. "Save
yourself from this corrupt generation."
In the spring of 2001when he was dying of cancer he was more than
ready to leave this life for his heavenly home.
Like dad, the older I get the more my outrage with our anti-Christ
culture grows, but more than that is my outrage with what I see in our
western world church.
Note what Luke 7:33 - 34
(HCSB) says. "John the
Baptist did not come eating bread and drinking wine and you say, 'He has a
demon!' The Son of Man has
come eating and drinking and you say, 'Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a
friend of tax collectors and sinners."
Jesus didn't seem overly
outraged by the behaviour of sinners or else He would not have eaten bread
and drank wine with them. That
wasn't the case with the Jewish elite who were outraged with Jesus for His
association with sinners. It's
my guess that many Evangelicals today would be outraged if they saw Jesus
eating pizza and drinking wine or beer with sinners.
For the record, the wording of this text implies that Jesus drank
wine, not grape juice. Besides,
grape juice wasn't invented until 1869 when Thomas Welch learned how to
pasteurize grapes to prevent the fermentation process.
What really irritated
Jesus were those He irritated, that being the religious leaders.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites … (Matthew
23:13, 14, 15, 16, 23, 25, 27, 29 NIV)!" "Snakes!
Brood of vipers! How
can you escape being condemned to hell (Matthew 23:33 NIV)?"
Jesus was not a wimp.
Being a carpenter required Him to carry massive blocks of rock.
That would have necessitated muscular strength.
His strength was seen on a couple of occasions when He was so upset
over what God's people had become that He threw over the tables of
commerce in the temple. This
tells me something about Jesus that few like to admit.
He gets angry when we pollute what belongs to Him with our sin.
Like Jesus, I believe we
should be more outraged by what we are seeing in His church than by what
we are seeing in our anti-Christ culture.
For example, a professor at Wheaton
I admit that I'm becoming
like my dad. Our anti-Christ
culture does disturb me at times but what disturbs me most is the decline
of Biblical Christianity I see in that which we call the
"I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. If you don't repent … I will remove your lampstand (Revelation 2:4 - 5 NIV)." Lampstand means church. See Revelation 1:20.
"I have a few things
against you: You have people
there who hold to the teaching of Balaam … Repent!
Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with
the sword of my mouth (Revelation 2:14 - 16 NIV)."
"I have this against
you: You tolerate … Jezebel
… she misleads my servants … unless they repent … I will strike
their children dead (Revelation 2:20 - 23)."
Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found
your deeds complete in the sight of God … if you do not wake up I will
come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you
(Revelation 3:1 - 4 NIV)."
"Because you are
luke-warm … I am about to spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:16
Dispensationalists and some others differ, most Prophetic Futurists
believe Jesus was outraged with New Testament churches in the above
passages. Whatever the case,
all believe that Jesus was angry with communities of people belonging to
Jesus is no longer a
muscular carpenter who overthrew a few tables.
He is Lord of all things and is capable of doing more than merely
messing up a few tables. I
know we don't like hearing these things but neither did Jews in Old
Testament times. They rejected
the prophetic message and God judged them accordingly.
Many of us don't have the
Word of God burned into our intellects, hearts and souls, sufficiently
enough to grasp the severity and seriousness of this matter.
Unless we repent, embrace God's Word, and become outraged at where
our laxity is leading us, Jesus will remove our churches from their places
as Revelation 2:4 and 5 says He is capable of doing.
The true church will then emerge and commune with Jesus (Revelation
3:20). This prophetic warning is just as appropriate today as it was when
John penned the book of Revelation.