Acts 13:44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
Paul & Barnabas were preaching the word at Antioch an area that was mostly filled with Gentiles.
They came with a message of radical freedom, a message of grace that was so offensive to the religious people in the city, many could not stand to hear it.
It offended people that thought they were saved by their own righteousness.
Paul came with a message of grace that says you can be FREE FROM EVERYTHING simply by believing in a man...Jesus.
Check out their message in Acts 13:39, its crazy...
& by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
Free from everything? Free from every sin? Free from every addiction? Free from every fear? Just by believing in Jesus.
This message was so offensive the religious crowd could not handle it, as was foretold by the prophets those that sought righteousness through the law turned their backs on this foolish message of grace.
Those that were desiring true freedom, that were thirsty, parched, dry, hungry for more than the here and now asked to hear this message again the following weekend.
Word spread and the bible tells us that almost the WHOLE CITY came out to hear this crazy beautiful message of GRACE.
The message was believe in Jesus & what He has done, therein lies the freedom for your whole life.
In our worlds, in our churches, in our lives have we made it more complicated than this for the city to find their Freedom?
The city desires grace.
The city will come to grace.