No Excuses

If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.  He that hateth me hateth my Father also.  If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

John 15:22-24

As I read through the Bible, especially the four gospel records, I always find myself wondering how the people could have heard Jesus preach and teach and still reject Him.  I always wonder how the people could have seen all of the miracles He performed – healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the blind to see and the deaf to hear – and still reject Him.  What would cause these people (some of whom had to have been at least friends and family of some of those that He healed) to even go so far as to hate Him?  I think we can find an answer to that in these verses.

“If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.”  Jesus came and showed them just how sinful they were.  Their sins were no longer hidden.  After seeing and hearing Jesus, they had no excuses.

It is the same today.  People hate Jesus and they hate the Bible because it shows them their sin.  Any person who really reads and studies the Word of God will see the sin in their life.  Any time we hold up the perfect example of our Saviour, we see all of the areas in which we fall short.  There are many things sitting around in the dark.  But as long as there is no light, we can’t see them.  Jesus is the Light of the world.  He illuminates the condition and sinfulness of man’s heart.

People hated Him then and people hate Him now simply because He takes away their excuses for sin.  Are we still trying to hide our sin from Him?

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