“In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow — and that is likely to hurt.” ~ Wei Wu Wei
Good morning friends. With this as backdrop, let us now consider the scriptures below:
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
Some heated arguments transpired as it drew closer to Jesus’ death. Most stemmed from the apparent divide among his audience; there were those who believed, those who were unsure, and those who disbelieved his ministry. To give you an idea of the nature of these tussles, at one point a group of leaders walked up to Him and asked, “Tell us, by what authority do you do these things?”, for many took offence at His demonstration of authority, wisdom and power.
The truth pierced through their evil hearts, and like in the case of Stephen when they had to close their ears to what he was saying before he was dragged and stoned to death; they could not bear the voice of Jesus any longer. Paul explains it this way:
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Dear friends, like today their evil hearts found the truth unbearable, It exposed them for who they were inspite of their best efforts to fit in. They could not allow the truth to penetrate like an arrow, they could not bear the pain. The pain of change, the pain of transformation, the birth pangs of eternal life.