As an Evangelist, I find that people have often made up their mind about the life and teachings of Jesus very early and they never change. This is why statistics show that only 5 percent of the population comes to Christ after the age of twenty one. This is the very pattern that is seen in the Bible with the people of Jesus’ day. There are some things that do not change; their heart hardens and their opposition becomes more intense, until hate rules. Here is a quote by J. Stalker describing how hardness of heart leads to hate.
“Very early they had formed their adverse judgment of Him, and they never changed it. Even during His first year in Judea they had pretty well decided against Him. When the news of His success in Galilee spread, it filled them with consternation, and they sent deputations from Jerusalem to act in concert with their local adherents in opposing Him. Even during His year of joy He clashed with them again and again. At first He treated them with consideration and appealed to their reason and heart. But He soon saw that this was hopeless and accepted their opposition as inevitable. He exposed the hollowness of their pretensions to His audiences and warned His disciples against them. Meanwhile they did everything to poison the public mind against Him. They succeeded only too well. When, at the year’s end, the tide of His popularity began to recede, they pressed their advantage, assailing Him more and more boldly.”
Sounds just like the opposition to the Gospel and Christianity today…Jesus foretold this very thing.
John15.18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
 Stalker, J. (1882). The life of Jesus Christ (101–102). Chicago: Henry A. Sumner and company.
Published on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 4:39 AM CDT