Jesus was invited by a Pharisee to dinner and proceeds to unleash His judgment toward the Pharisees upon them during the meal. In the middle of this lashing, one of the experts in the law says, “‘Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” (Luke 11:45) Yet, nothing changes in Jesus’ confrontational approach.
It’s an interesting situation. I wonder if the Pharisee that extended the invitation hoped to win Jesus over to their side? Obviously Jesus was seen as powerful and influential… let’s be sure He’s FOR us! But, Jesus doesn’t play along. He doesn’t complement them because it’s the best meal conversation. He is Grace, but let’s not forget, he is also absolute Truth.
We so desperately need God’s help to be both graceful and truthful. We can often see the benefits of grace and may work hard on modeling it. But often we can get off track and only later realize we are merely
accepting everything our friend wants to do
or condoning things we know aren’t right.
We don’t want to muddy the waters of truth.
Yes, Jesus absolutely loves every one of us, no matter what. And He is perfect, sinless truth too. He died on the cross so we can be reunited with God. But He never gives His blessing to our plans to keep just a few small idols in the closet or slightly modify a commandment. There is a line we are not to cross. God is holy. Perfect, Always right. Unchanging. All-powerful. Righteous.
Jesus draws people to himself and makes us more like Him. It doesn’t work the other way around! He helps us desire to be righteous and obedient. He is 100% Grace and 100% Truth. Love and holy fire. We can’t have just one side of Him. We get both. He is always the God to be feared and revered. He is love but we would still perish in God’s direct presence.