Luke 9:26 reveals that Jesus said, “whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed.” Mark 8:38 and Luke 9:26 both record Jesus saying that He would be ashamed of anyone who is ashamed of Him. This Bible study will examine the words of Christ in these two Scriptures, discuss their meaning, and encourage you to examine your life. Are you faithfully following Jesus Christ, or is Jesus ashamed of you?
Has there been a time in your life when you repented of your sin and placed your faith in the blood of Jesus Christ to save you from your sin?
Why, you might ask, would Jesus be ashamed of you? The Bible clearly answers this question in the words of Christ Himself. Jesus said:
“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38).
Mark 8:38 and Luke 9:26 both record Jesus saying that He would be ashamed of anyone who is ashamed of Him, or His words.
Jesus told His disciples that anyone who wanted to follow Him would have to deny himself and take up his cross. Anyone who behaved in ways to maximize their pleasure and security in this present life, would lose their eternal soul. But those who sacrificed their comfort and security in this life to please, glorify, and serve God, would receive eternal life. (Mark 8:34-37; Luke 9:23-26)
It is easy to get caught up in the trap of wanting the people in your life to like you and respect you. I can remember being too afraid to tell a military buddy about getting saved because he hated “Jesus freaks” and I did not want to lose his friendship. I was transferring to another base. Even though our lives were headed in different directions, I failed to share the gospel with him the last time I saw him.
I am still ashamed of that. If I really cared about him, I should have been more concerned about his eternal destiny than whether he liked me for a few more hours. Could it be that he will be in hell for eternity because I was ashamed of the gospel of Christ?
When we doubt the truth of the Bible, then we doubt Christ.
When we are ashamed of Bible teachings and doctrine, then we are ashamed of Jesus Christ.
Our family and friends want to think that they are good people, so they resent being told they are sinners on the way to hell. They may reject us along with our gospel message. Many have been disowned from their families by their conversion to Christianity. We don’t want to lose or damage our relationship with our families, but Jesus said, “He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:37).
Our faith in Jesus and sharing the gospel of salvation are not the only areas where Christians fall short in their witness. Jesus said, “whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words . . .” Jesus was the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14), and all things were made through Him (John 1:1-3).
When we doubt the truth of the Bible, then we doubt Jesus Christ. When we are ashamed of Bible teachings and doctrine, then we are ashamed of Jesus Christ. When we are ashamed of His Word, then Jesus is ashamed of us.
The modern American culture is embracing and even advocating LGBT lifestyles, gay marriage, and even gender change, but the Bible says that that homosexuality is sin and defines marriage as only being between a man and a woman. The Bible says that God created two sexes, male and female, not a multiplicity of genders.
How do you feel about that? Are you ashamed of these Bible doctrines regarding sex and marriage? Are you willing to take up your cross and support God’s Word on these topics? Or are you too fearful and ashamed?
Over 60 million babies have been terminated in the United States since abortion became legal, over 50 years ago. Most in our society says a woman has the right to choose, but the Bible calls this murder, because all people, including unborn babies, are created in “the image of God” (Genesis 1:27; 9:6).
In Ezekiel 16:20-21, God condemned Israel for passing their infant children through the fire as offerings to pagan idols. But God says those children were born to Him, and accused the people of slaying His children. Those people did not have the right to choose to murder God’s children.
Are you ashamed of being pro-life and calling abortion murder? Do you stand with the Bible or the World on the issue of abortion?
In the days of the Apostles, the resurrection was considered foolishness by the lost who were perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18), but it was the power of the God to the believers in Jesus Christ.
There is a similar divide today over the subject of origins. The Bible could not be more clear about God creating the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all life in six literal 24-hour days (Genesis 1 and Exodus 20:11). That teaching is repeated throughout the Bible; it is not limited to Genesis.
Those who are perishing refuse to even consider the possibility of miraculous creation. They therefore believe that all matter, energy, and life (everything in the universe) occurred by chance through the process of evolution. Evolutionists have gained control over most of our schools, media, and governments. They proclaim evolution to be a fact even though they have no proof. They use persecution, coercion and ridicule to silence any dissenting voices.
As a result, many Christians are unable or afraid to defend belief in Biblical Creation. They either compromise with evolution or just remain silent on the subject. How about you? Are you ashamed of the Bible (AKA – the words of Jesus) on the subject of Creation?
Are you ashamed of the Bible?
(AKA – the words of Jesus)
Jesus said He would be ashamed of anyone who was ashamed of Him or His words (Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26) and His words are the Word of God.
If you are ashamed of the gospel of faith in Christ for salvation, or if you are ashamed of any Biblical doctrine, then Jesus is ashamed of you. In this case, you need to confess your sin and ask forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
We need to be like the apostle Paul who boldly proclaimed:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; . . . For therein is the righteousness of God revealed” (Rom 1:16-17a).
We also need to follow the admonition of the apostle Peter who told us:
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15).
We must study the Bible and prepare to defend our faith, so we will be ready to “give an answer” without being ashamed.