DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Ive started reading the Bible every day, and Ive been surprised at how many people opposed Jesus and even wanted to kill him. It doesnt make sense because they should have welcomed him. Why did this happen? V.K.
By BILLY GRAHAM
Tribune Media Services
DEAR V.K.: Youre right it doesnt make sense that some people opposed Jesus and even wanted him dead. After all, wherever he went, he healed the sick and gave people hope for the future. As the Bible says, He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him (Acts 10:38).
And yet immediately after Christs birth, King Herod sought to kill him, forcing Mary and Joseph to flee to Egypt until after Herods death. Once Jesus ministry began, some people turned against him and wondered if it might not be better for him to die. After he was arrested, the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, gave in to the cries of the crowd demanding Jesus death, and condemned him to be crucified.
Why were some people so opposed to Jesus? A major reason was because they were afraid theyd have to give up the control of their lives to Jesus and they didnt want to do that. Instead, they wanted to run their own lives, without any interference from God. Like the people in one of Jesus parables, they said in their hearts, We will not have this man to reign over us (Luke 19:14, KJV).
Why do some people continue to reject Jesus and want nothing to do with him? They may give many reasons but often the real reason is simply that they dont want to give Jesus the control of their lives. Dont let that be true of you. He alone gives us hope now, and for eternity.
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