(Mark 8:38) “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation,…”
Why would Jesus call the Jews of His day ‘adulterous and sinful generation’? Does He mean they were sexually promiscuous? No, they’re not being called adulterous because of their sex life. It was because of their religious life that they’re being called adulterous. There has been no holier nation than the nation Israel as far as offering prayers, offering sacrifices, wearing the right religious clothes, doing the right kind of rules, doing all they possibly could to make God happy. There is no nation like Israel that has committed themselves to trying to please God in the history of the world. And Jesus walked in the midst of that nation, and the religious leaders rejected Him. And His own family misunderstood Him, and one of His own disciples betrayed Him. You see the nation that looked religious rejected the only way to know God. ‘Adulterous generation’ – that was the name the Old Testament used for people who kept talking about God with their mouth, but kept living their lives for their own selves. they drew close to God with their words, but their life and heart were far from Him.
God as a loving parent, a loving father, a loving husband, and His people as His blushing bride is the Old Testament picture, but the bride has sneaked out of the house and has gone a-whoring after everything the world offers, and claims to still be married to the Creator God of Heaven. She goes after materialism and things, and the glitter of this world. She goes after everything to get pleasure and satisfy her own emotional immediate needs. She’s gone after things she knows will not make her happy, but she goes after them. Immaturity from the very beginning is what characterized the people of God. They did a lot of religious things, but did not know the Person of the God of Heaven. On that day when we stand before God, he will not ask you how long did you belong to a church. He will not ask you much of your money percentage-wise did you give. Still He will not ask you how many hours did you read the Bible, and how many times a day do you pray. He will not ask you if you know theology, or can explicate the definition of sanctification, its relationship to glorification. He will not check your theological degree. He will ask you, “What have you done to My Son?” “Have you trusted My Son?” What a man does with Jesus in the here and now is exactly the condition of where that man spends eternity. We’re not talking about words, and we’re not talking about denomination, and we’re not talking about faithful attendance. We’re talking about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.