Christians have, in the gospel, the best news imaginable for a dying world. So why is our message ridiculed, ignored, and rejected?
Jesus' own example answers the question. He himself had enemies as soon as he came into the world, and he explained that if he experienced hatred from the world, his followers can expect no less.
Paul Yeulett examines the various types of opposition Jesus encountered—demonic, political, religious, emotional, physical, and spiritual—and helps us understand why they happen, in both the life of Jesus and our own lives. Alongside this examination of darkness, he reminds us of the light of Christ's victory that strengthens us to keep proclaiming his good news even in the face of opposition.
Paul Yeulett is the pastor of Shrewsbury Evangelical Church in Shrewsbury, England. He graduated from Highland Theological College and is ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales. Previously he studied mathematics at Newcastle University and taught high-school math for eleven years. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children.
"This is a great resource: a study of Jesus' enemies by one of Jesus' friends. Use it well and you may yet have the joy of seeing many of Jesus' enemies in your own context become his friends!" — Iain D Campbell, Senior Minister, Point Free Church of Scotland, Isle of Lewis; Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland, 2012
"Yeulett helps the reader to consider in a fresh way the claims and significance of Jesus by focusing on the very real conflicts between Jesus and his enemies. Those who take up and read will be moved to consider the implications this has for our own day as well." — Brandon Crowe, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary