“I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.
And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” 🙏Luke 12:8-10
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.
Have you been guilty of denying Jesus in public? All of us I believe are at some point in our lives, been guilty of denying Jesus in public. Peter, one of the closest apostles of Jesus, denied Him three times, remember? The shame. The guilt. And, yet, Jesus had forgiven him, because Peter repented.
Remember those days when you could not go out in public and proclaim about the good news of salvation and, of Jesus as your saviour, for fear of being outcasted or attacked as trying to be pious more than the Pope or being branded as corny and, therefore, ashamed? We all had those days, I supposed. I am guilty of that, I know and I have confessed about it.
And, things have changed.
Perhaps because I am no longer my old me, and I have been one of the living witnesses of Christ mercy, forgiveness and faithfulness. I am one of the living witnesses of the mystery of the Holy Spirit as manifested in my life daily. Then, I started to get vocal about it. Testifying about Jesus, my Lord and my God.
What does it mean to acknowledge Jesus?
It means to accept Him as the Sovereign God, recognizing His authority and to remain obedient to Him, to make Him rule over your life and be obedient to His teachings and truths.
How about disowning Jesus, what does it mean?
It can be as subtle as ignoring those who say something negative about Jesus, to the most dramatic way of renouncing one’s faith in Jesus in order to preserve a status quo or personal comfort or to avoid persecution. Oh how admire those faithfuls who chose death in the hands of malefactors instead of renouncing their faith in God. They surely are in the rooms in paradise prepared by Jesus for His servants in God the Father’s home.
We disown Jesus when we fail to speak up and make it clear where we stand for Him. Even when you have not renounced your faith vocally, remember, God knows what is in your heart, and He would know if you have denied Him or not.
Are you acknowledging Jesus or denying Him before men? Take a stand, my friend.
Be brave to accept Jesus. Be bold to proclaim His promise salvation.
God be with you.