By Arch Hoercher
In the Gospel of Mark Chapter 8 Verse 38 (NIV) Jesus is speaking and says: “If anyone is ashamed of Me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.” What does this really mean? What is Jesus saying? He is saying exactly what it means. There is no hidden meaning. If you are ashamed of Jesus on this earth and before men, Jesus will be ashamed of you in heaven and before the angels.
What does “ashamed” mean? It means that one is embarrassed or guilty because of one’s actions or associations or one is reluctant to do something through fear of embarrassment or humiliation. In other words, if you are unwilling to “live the life worth sharing and share the life worth living” before your friends and co-workers or class mates or anyone else for that matter out of fear of embarrassment or fear of humiliation or worried about what they might think, you are ashamed of Jesus Christ. If you won’t say anything about Jesus Christ and what He means to you to your friends or co-workers or anyone else, you are ashamed of Jesus Christ. Too often we are not ashamed of Jesus when we are with other Christians, but how we may behave or speak around non-believers can be a whole different situation. We might want to fit in or we just do not want to be ridiculed or embarrassed. But remember, if you are ashamed of Jesus Christ before men, He will be ashamed of you in heaven before the angels.
Just as Jesus spoke of 2000 years ago about that “adulterous and sinful generation”, nothing has changed. The world is still an adulterous and sinful generation. Jeremiah 8:12 (NIV) states: “Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all: they do not even know how to blush.” The world is no different today. All kinds of sin is all around us and many who perform these “detestable” acts show no shame and are unable to even “blush” about their conduct. Jesus is telling the believer (the Christian) not to be a part of this sinful generation out of fear of embarrassment or ridicule. He does not want the Christian to be ashamed of Him so that He does not become ashamed of them.
In 1 Peter 4:16 (NIV) Peter wrote “If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ASHAMED, but praise God that you bear that name.” Jesus wants us to live as a Christian, a child of God, wherever we are and whomever we are with. If we would have to suffer because of it, do not be ASHAMED. Instead, praise God because of it! The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, (Why?) because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes..”. That is what the gospel is all about. That is why Jesus came to this earth to die on a cross. To bring salvation to everyone who believes. We cannot be ashamed of the gospel. Because if we are ashamed of the gospel, we are ashamed of Jesus Christ and therefore; Jesus Christ would be ashamed of us.
I do not want to even debate whether or not if Jesus Christ is ashamed of me, do I have salvation or not. I do know that the Grace of God is much bigger than I could ever imagine. The language is not as hard as in Luke 12:9 (NIV): “But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.” If one is “disowned” they are no longer recognized as a son or daughter. One thing I do know is that I will do my best to never be embarrassed or ashamed of the gospel or of Jesus Christ. As written in 2 Timothy 2:15: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ASHAMED and who correctly handles the Word of truth.” I will do my best not to be ashamed of Jesus Christ. What about you?