And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. John 8:23
Why did they deny Jesus and want him dead? Because they were living for the world and not for God. As Jesus said if they really knew God then they would have known Jesus is the Messiah. But as Jesus said they didn’t understand the scriptures and cared more about their own man made rules and rituals.
Sounds very familiar today? How many religions and denominations claim to be preaching the gospel of Jesus, yet if they met him, they wouldn’t even know him. They have become consumed and blinded by the world.
(1 John 4:5) “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.”
Prosperity Gospel is a classic example of this, ask God for riches, promotions, perfect health. Everything that will sustain you in this world, but none of these things will help you gain the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus came down from heaven dwelt among the lowly and poor, he is the King of kings but was viewed as just a Carpenter to the worldly. Jesus didn’t need million dollar churches, private jets, book deals, to spread his gospel. He lived his gospel because he is the truth, life, and the way.
(2 Corinthians 4:4) “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
The world is blinded by the false gospel, until we hear and believe the true gospel of Jesus Christ we will remain blinded. The truth of Jesus shall set you free.
Jesus, the image of the living God, is the light of the world. Run to him and you will be saved from the darkeness. Nothing else in this world can save you except Jesus.
(John 16:33) “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
But there is good news, Jesus has overcome the world and has delivered us from death. Don’t be deceived by the world, there pleasure is temporary and there time is running out.
Live in the world but don’t be of the world, for this world is temporary but Christ is forever. In Jesus name Amen