Honor God By Believing in Jesus (John 8:48-50)

John 8:48-50 – 48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.

If the Jews dishonored God by dishonoring Jesus, we should expect that the same would be true of us. You can not please God without honoring his Son. God has sent his Son, Jesus, to earth. Honoring and believing in Jesus is the only way to please the Father. To think for a moment that anyone can please God while refusing to follow the Son is absurd. Therefore, if you want to please God, you can do so only through Jesus.

How many of you have heard the awful stories in the news about that supposed church in Kansas, the Westboro Baptist Church, that has been traveling across the country demonstrating at the funerals of US soldiers killed in Iraq? Can you imagine the depth of the insult that the families must feel? They are grieving the loss of their loved ones who gave their lives in service of their country, and across the street are people who call themselves Christians declaring that the family has lost their loved one in vain, that the death is God’s judgment on the US, and that no good came of the sacrifice. Take a moment to let the emotion sink in. What if that was your brother, your sister, your husband, your wife? How angry would you be?

Now, I want you to take that level of emotion that you would feel as the people demonstrate at your own relative’s funeral, and I want you to magnify it a thousand times. You still are not caught up to the level of outrage that God the Father has toward those who dishonor his Son. God sent his Son to earth to suffer an infinite punishment to pay for our sins. What would you expect God to do in response to those who say to him, “I don’t need Jesus’ blood. I’m just fine on my own thanks. I don’t believe in Jesus and will not follow him. I just want to have some fun with my life, and I’ll think about religion later.”

Hebrews 10:26-31 – 26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Tremble, ladies and gentlemen, tremble at the concept of any person spurning the blood of the Son of God. God will not take lightly anyone’s refusal to place his or her faith in Jesus Christ. Do you want to escape that wrath? Do you want to honor God? Then you must honor God by believing in Jesus. Remember, God will judge. Do not dishonor God by dishonoring his Son. Honor God by believing in Jesus.