“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38
Those who trust in Christ Jesus believe His words. They do not pick and choose, nor do they twist or explain away Jesus’ words and teaching. They accept His teaching on all things – even where it is contrary to contemporary public opinion. In fact, Jesus warns that, if we are ashamed of Him and His words in this present adulterous and sinful generation, He will be ashamed of us at His coming.
Do we live in an adulterous and sinful generation? Without a doubt! Even “Christians” and “churches” adulterate Jesus’ words and teaching to fit their opinions and lifestyles and to be more acceptable to this world.
And what do Jesus and His words entail? He said marriage is between one man and one woman, citing Genesis 2 (Matthew 19:3-9). He condemned adultery, pornography and divorce (Matthew 5:27-32). He was there in Genesis 18, talking with Abraham about God’s judgment upon the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. He is the one who forms and gives life in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16 and John 1:1-4). Jesus called God His Father and not His mother or some neuter-generic name.
Jesus also taught that He is the only way to the Father, that apart from faith in Him as the eternal Son of God and Savior we will die in our sins and be condemned to hell (John 14:6; 3:14-36; 8:24).
Are we ashamed of Jesus and His words? Do we shrink back from confessing Jesus as our God and Savior in the present adulterous and sinful generation? Do we pick and choose or twist His words to make our beliefs and teaching more palatable to those around us? Do we use our own limited reason to explain away what we don’t understand or what does not fit our modern worldview? Do we trust in our own works and lives rather than repenting of the sin and evil in our lives and looking to Jesus and His cross as our sole source of salvation?
Consider Jesus’ warning: “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Dearest Jesus, forgive me for failing to confess You and Your words without shame before this adulterous and sinful generation. Grant that I hold fast to You in faith and boldly proclaim Your name. Amen.
[Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible]