Bible Reading: 1 John 4:2-3
In Mark 8:38, our Lord warned us that if we are â€œashamedâ€ of Him and of His Word inÂ this fallen world, He will be â€œashamed of [us] when he comes in his Fatherâ€™s glory withÂ the holy angels.â€ What worse fate could possibly befall the true Christian than to haveÂ Christ ashamed of him or her at His coming?
The story is told of a youth who overheard two teachers speaking of her mother beforeÂ a school play. One teacher asked the other if the mother of the young girl, who was theÂ star of the play, would be attending the performance. Having never met the girlâ€™s mother,Â the teacher hoped to have an opportunity to do so that evening. The other teacherÂ explained, however, that the mother, whose face was badly scarred from burns that sheÂ suffered years earlier, had stopped coming out in public after her daughter told her she
was ashamed of her.
â€œThe real shame of it all,â€ explained the one teacher to the other, â€œis that the motherÂ suffered her burns saving her daughter from a house fire when her daughter was onlyÂ an infant.â€ Upon overhearing this conversation, the young girl immediately broke downÂ in tears. Not only had her mother never told her the story of how she suffered her burns,Â but she had asked others to keep it a secret from her as well, for fear that she mightÂ somehow blame herself for her motherâ€™s scars. Just imagine how ashamed of herselfÂ that young girl suddenly became and how proud of her mother she must have beenÂ after learning that her mother had once saved her life.Â
You and I know for sure who is to blame for the scars of Christ. We are! Christâ€™s scarsÂ were suffered for our salvation. In light of this, how can anyone saved by Christ beÂ ashamed of such a Savior. For any true recipient of Christâ€™s salvation to be ashamed ofÂ Christ as his or her Savior is truly absurd.