Reactions to Jesus

When we talk to people about Jesus we cannot know the reaction we will get. Because of this some Christians are hesitant to mention Jesus to those they know for fear the reaction will be negative. We can take comfort from the apostle Paul. Not only was he willing to speak to others about Jesus, the reactions he received cannot be worse than the reactions we might have to deal with.

“At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defence. ‘You are out of your mind, Paul!’ he shouted. ‘Your great learning is driving you insane.’ ‘I am not insane, most excellent Festus,’ Paul replied. ‘What I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.’ Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?’ Paul replied, ‘Short time or long – I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.’” (Acts 26:24-29 NIV)

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