Jesus: “Will You Also Leave Me?” [#WillYouAlsoLeaveMe #WillYouAlsoLeaveJesus #ChristianViews]
The truth of all of Christianity is that there are sometimes very hard things we have to walk through which we do not understand.
If we choose to press in and allow God to grant us His strength and peace, then He will bring us to the other side of the hard place. If we choose to not press in to Him, it is a grave mistake, because that is where most people get bitter and choose to “walk with Him no more!”
Here is the difference between a friend and a buddy.
A buddy says things like: “Hey dude go ahead and smoke that weed, or drink that alcohol, it is not going to hurt you!” Or go ahead and have premarital sex, you won’t get pregnant! Party party; have a blast, if it feels good do it, everyone else is!
But a friend is different.
A true friend says, “No, don’t do those things! They can hurt you, you can be killed in a car accident, or your girlfriend can get pregnant.” A true friend stands up for what is right and cares about you as an individual.
Jesus never made any of the disciples, or anyone else, His buddy!
This is where many fall away from the faith. For many, it possibly will be the hinge that turns the door for them on their way out of the Christianity they once professed!
One of the most subtle yet convincing false teachings that has risen its ugly head in the past several decades, coming in several flavors, is the teaching that Jesus wants to be your buddy!
He is the false Jesus that winks at sin. He is the false Jesus that allows you to do whatever you want to; you just need to ask for His blessing on it! He is the Jesus that causes many people to fall away when their formulas that they have come up do not work!
Incorporating this false Jesus persona does not produce some concocted miracle during any given crisis of life.
It morphs from the sincere “Why God did you allow this?” question of a solid Christian with a true Biblical relationship with the living Christ, to a “Jesus my buddy, I just lost everything while trusting You to bless my ‘not ordained of God’ plans. You must be a false god, so I am leaving You” scenario.
When we as believers finally stop thinking of Jesus as if He is some kind of “buddy” He will be able to teach us about the hard lessons of Biblical Christianity. Jesus was clearly teaching those disciples, about the hard things they would have to go through as believers.
Oh that many of those today in places of great influence would stop promoting and believing that Jesus is their buddy and start seeing Him as a true friend, a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
A friend who will reveal in prayer what the Father is doing eventually during a severe trial if we will just pray through on it.
He is a friend who would ask all of us today, “Will you also leave Me?”
Then may we be like Peter who responded, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You alone have the words of eternal life. You are our only hope!” (John 6:68)
Will you also leave Jesus?