Advertising is an interesting field. Advertisers want the consumer to believe something without really saying it – because it may not be true. Take for example toilet paper commercials (sorry). The ads say the toilet paper will make you “feel” clean. They don’t say that the toilet paper will make you clean. They want us to believe that we will be cleaner by using their product because we will “feel” clean. Is it a lie? Deceptive? It’s virtually the truth. Virtually is another catch phrase that they love to use.
Jesus didn’t use catch phrases or bend the truth. He said it like it was and is – and that’s what so often got him into trouble. Jesus is very black and white without fluff to make us “feel” better. This is a challenge for us as we deal with sin, forgiveness, repentance, life, hurts, and (shhh) judgment.
The world fears God’s judgment and rules. It wants to soften the message with “feel good” messages. Jesus said I can make you clean but you need to follow me. There is a price to pay. Sorry Oprah.
By fearing the tough stuff, the world misses out on all the great stuff – Love, Joy, Life, etc.
Don’t forget your calling today but stand firm in Jesus commands and in His Love – not empty promises but everlasting life!
12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.[a] When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.