There is no doubt that if you were to ask those who hated Christ and his religion, they would say that Jesus Christ was a drunkard and a wine bibber. They would accuse him of starting a new religion, of departing from the way of Moses and incorporating new doctrines into the Monotheistic Jewish tradition that the prophets knew nothing about. To put it simply, they would accuse him of heresy, and as history for our sake has recorded, they crucified him. Yet, Christ maintained his doctrines and taught his disciples the way of God regardless whether the society at large loved them, understood them or cherished them. Christ would not bow down to the rule of Rome, to the cries of the masses, nor to the will of the religious rulers; but Christ did bow down to this, namely, the will of God. We see the evidence of this in Jesus’ own words “Joh 4:34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. And also in Joh 6:38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And in Joh 12:49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment--what to say and what to speak. And finally in The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
Jesus was God’s spokesman to a world who would rather follow the dictates of their own hearts and be led by their own natural light of reason. God’s will and words was too abstract for them, they could not understand it lest they leave their dark dwellings and come into the marvellous light. Christ spoke to them in the night and look how they mobbed him, they jeered him, and mocked his words. He spoke to them about the pleasant mornings, the simplicity of following him in the light and O look how they threw stones at him as if he were speaking in a foreign tongue. At last they crucified him for blasphemy for refusing this world’s orders and ways. And is it not so, that in every generation, those who had the truth of Christ and preached it with great zeal and fervency were likewise subjected to the fire of madness by the masses. Their words were like falling rain, although appealing to their consciences, they put up their umbrellas and ignored its call, warning them of the judgement to come and of the sweet eternity if only they would comply and believe the message preached.
But nay. They reject the gospel. My friends reject the gospel. This gospel alone, which has the cure to all of life’s ails and troubles, they reject. It is not sensible to them, it is not wise. My generation would not so much have Christ crucified but they would denounce him a lunatic, a mad man, or simply a good moral teacher but those who have any sense, any wisdom would not come to a conclusion of him being a mere religious teacher, they would denounce him mad or say like doubting Thomas, My Lord and My God.
If you call yourself a Christian, preach Christ and his message. If the world hates you, good. For they hated Christ. Stand up for him in the public square, do not be silent in the workplace, give him the glory in the media, stand up for his justice, live according to his will. The world will hate you but remember this, they hated him first. While they hate you, do not hate them for the message of Christ is love. While they curse we bless, while they hate we love and we love their very souls and existence. We would do as much for them as we would for our own sons. Here is the outrageous love of God for you, that while you were an enemy, a campaigning rebel to usurp his sovereign authority, He sent his Son to die for your wicked sins, yea those terrible deeds done in darkness. Jesus died for it all.