What Keeps You From Coming to Jesus?

What causes the average person to be “taken aback” when they think about Jesus?

It happens in more ways than one, but it’s definitely not because Jesus doesn’t want us to receive Him with an open heart of faith (John 1:10-13); but people still find a reason not to come to, believe in or love Jesus in the way He desires.

Jesus understood that most people weren’t willing to come to Him because of fickleness, faithlessness and straight up foolishness (Matthew 7:14), but He still promised a blessing to those who could swallow the less palatable parts of the gospel due to personal taste and see the Father’s grace filled redeeming work through His Son (John 14:7-9). When one individual worried that Jesus wasn’t acting the way they thought the Messiah should, Jesus said, “…blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (Matthew 11:6)

What is so offensive about Jesus that people refuse to come to Him? What wrong do people see in Him? What wrong do you see in Him? What wrong has He committed? Pilate asked this very question:

Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!” (Matthew 27:23)

Pilate got no answer to his question! Does avoiding the question sound familiar?

Perhaps the offensive thing isn’t what we see in Him – perhaps it’s the offensive thing we see in ourselves after we look at Him! That’s one undeniable conclusion the apostle John was led to include after witnessing the gospel with his own eyes.

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:18-21)

So what keeps you from coming to Him? EA

And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (John 1:46)

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9 comments

  1. You have a picture of a lady with a sign like that and you don’t think it’s because of the people who call themselves Christian? When asked why he wasn’t Christian Gandhi said, “I love your Christ, but you’re Christians are so very unlike your Christ.”

    There is a documentary out free on hulu called “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers” check it out, and see that people can separate Jesus from Christianity and they do. They hate the religion because lately we don’t have hands and feet, we’re just one big mouth. But if we are willing to radically love, like he does in the confession booth, people would be open to Jesus.

    1. Thanks for commenting respectfully Sacred, but I think you missed a very big point of the post.

      I do have a picture of a woman holding a sign (a tricky one at that) asking ‘who would Jesus hate’ not ‘who would hate Jesus.” Even if the words on the sign are real, if I had to guess by looking at the sign in the background, I don’t think any Christ-like agenda was trying to be accomplished there.

      I used the picture to try and make clear how some people try to use Jesus only when He fits their agenda. When the Bible starts talking about what the world would consider “unsavory” topics the world then says ‘keep your Jesus!’

      While I agree that many individuals who refer to themselves as Christians can be intentionaly offensive or maybe even turn others away from Christ by their bad attitude are out there, I would remind you that if you read the Gospels the only person that you will find ‘chasing others away’ from Jesus without being corrected for it is Jesus Himself through His teachings. The reason is simply because Jesus calls the world to a higher standard than what the world, or even disciples themselves at times, care to follow. This theme is extremely clear all throughout John’s gospel.

      He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:11)

      Was that because of people who did not carry the name of Christ correctly? No. It was because the people did not like Jesus because of selfish and sinful reasons. That was my point. God bless in your studies of His word.

      1. No, I didn’t miss that. I agree people use Him, but I think the church is pushing people away, not Jesus. Seriously, consider watching that documentary. Just don’t give up before you get to the confession booth, because that will blow your mind. Many people have a great respect for Jesus but the church bears little resemblance to what Jesus taught.
        His own refers to what we would consider Christians today. The Jews were His own, and they didn’t accept him. The people of the world loved Jesus and flocked to Him. The church persecuted and hated Him. In fact, it was the church that paid for Him to be delivered to the cross.
        Christ was at odds with the church. That’s why we see Him turning tables in the temples and ‘arguing’ with Pharisees.
        Thanks for commenting back. I appreciate it.

      2. I recognize that some people are killing and persecuting Christians some where in the world. I thought we were talking about the average person. Like people you and I would meet daily. Thanks so much for keeping the conversation going though. It’s nice to see that you follow through and are always thinking about your blogs.

      3. I understand. My point was/is still geared toward any mentality (whether violent or non-violent) that causes a person to reject the person of Jesus; hence the title of my post.

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