Every Sabbath he (Paul) reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” (Acts 18:4-6)
Paul, previously a persecutor of Christians, had more blood and guilt on his hands than most. He knew better than anyone the peace we can have through Jesus, so he was willing to repeatedly suffer abuse so others could know Him.
He worked full time as a tentmaker, so he wouldn’t be a burden to anyone and preached in his spare time. But when Silas and Timothy brought money from the church in Macedonia, Paul devoted all of his time testifying that Jesus saves because that knowledge gave him life.
Christ crucified is an undemanding message. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice to take away our wrongdoings and guilt so we can have peace and receive and give God’s love. Religion and other rules shouldn’t be involved. Jesus taught one commandment: Love God and others. It’s that simple.
When we believe in Jesus, blood will never be on our hands or heads. He makes us innocent and removes our guilt.
Father, I praise You for sending Jesus to save me. Let my loved ones know how easy it is to have a relationship with Him and know His love and peace. Let me spread His love. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.