Why People Turn Their Backs
I would like to think that if I had lived
in the day of Jesus and His disciples that I would have been a believer from the first moment that I met Jesus. But, I am
not sure that would have been the case.
It has been over thirty years since I
first accepted Christ. That is a long time. And it seems
that the older I grow in Christ, the harder it is for me to understand how someone could turn their back upon Him. I understand
that Satan, the god of this world, has blinded the minds of unbelievers to the light of the gospel. We read in (2Co.
4:4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light
of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
But it seems
so clear to me that Jesus is the only hope for our lives. And yet people still turn their backs on Him. Sometimes, even people
who claim to have been saved, turn their backs upon Him. That is an even harder thing for me to understand. But we see it
all the time. People who make a profession of faith, begin to walk with the Lord, some even involved in serving the Lord and
then one day, they turn around and walk away from the Lord and His church. How can this happen? What causes it? These are
serious questions which are not easily answered. But I will try to do just that in this sermon.
People Turn Their Backs Because Of
I. Jesus' Teaching. (verses 47-58)
1. His teaching is often misunderstood.
A. Jesus said,
I am the bread of life.
1. He claimed to be the only way to eternal life
2. This is a hard thing to accept then and now.
They had been trusting in their observance of the
Law, and many people do today.
b. They were trusting in their traditional ways of
worship, as many people do today.
2. His teaching was often a divider of
men. (verses 66-67)
A. He said, 'The
flesh profiteth nothing'.
1. This was an offence to those Jews who were full of
themselves, as many people are today.
2. This was an offence to those who thought their works
were sufficient then and today.
3. And because
of this some, but not all turned away.
3. His techings are often too direct and too much to the point.
This is hard for many to accept then and now.
We want to think we are pretty good.
We take pride in our accomplishments.
B. (Jn. 3:3)
1. Many floks
then and now want to think that this isn't
2. Many then and
now would like to believe that they can
their lives the way they want
3. Many then and now
believe God has a large scale to see if
good deeds out weigh there bad. And that is the
factor as to weither or not they go to heaven.
C. (Re. 20:11-15)
Many then and now simply refuse to accept this.
They want to view only the gracious and, merciful side
They couldn't then and many don't now believe that a
loving God would send anyone to Hell
II. Mankind's Love For The World. (Mark 10:17-25)
1. The World's
A. Jesus didn't say it was impossible, but rather it was
for those who trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of
2. The world's pleasures.
A. Notice Lot's Decision in (Gen.
He chose the rich land and because that his family
B. Notice Demas' Decision in (2 Tim. 4:10)
1. He forsook the ministry because of his love for the
C. (1Jn. 2:15)
Love not the world, neither the things
that are in
the world. If any man love the world, the
love of the Father
is not in him.
3. The World's Offerings
A. Notice Jesus words in (Mk.
8:36) For what shall it
a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and
his own soul?
B. Paul said that it was a sign of the last days,
shall be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
(2 Tim. 3:4)
C. Folks today often consider what it costs to be a
Christian, but seldom consider what it costs not to be
III. Mankind's Procrastination
1. Paul spoke in Athens on Mars Hill. (Ac 17:30-32)
A. Paul preached the gospel to them.
1. He declared to them their need to repent.
2. They put him off saying, "We will hear thee again of
2. Paul spoke before King Agrippa.
A. Paul gave his
Festus called Paul a madman.
Agrippa told Paul, "Almost thou persuadest me to
be a Christian."
3. Agrippa put
it off till later, perhaps never.
3. People today turn their backs on Jesus
because they want to
put it off until later.
A. They say one of these
days, but not today, not yet.
1. But notice (2 Cor. 6:2) and (Heb. 2:3),