18:28 for he (Apollos) vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.
Every religion is different. They all have different priorities, different theories, and different systems. Peel that all away and you find one consistent thread that runs through them all: the focus is on us and our performance. Judaism was no different. If anything they had taken this theme of performance to a whole new level. Sabbath keeping alone had 613 specific laws on how to do it right or not do it wrong. Their focus, you might even call it obsession, was to be so good that God would have to bless them.
The great hope at that point in history was the arrival of their Messiah. They were looking for a national hero, a military genius, a king like none before him to deliver them from Roman rule and carry them to the top of the world. Many Jews are still waiting even though their own time prophecy has long expired.
It was into this religious and political climate that Apollos came preaching. His message was simple. His message was not about the Jews or about performance to gain a reward. It was not about being so good that God would be forced to bless them. His message was about a man. A man who came from Nazareth yet came from God. A man who was all man yet inside him was the heart of God. A man who was so truly good that mere religious people didn't even recognize it.
Ironic isn't it? People obsessed with being good didn't recognize true goodness when they saw it...
There is a reason why Apollos refuted the Jews publicly with vigor. They were completely on the wrong track. All religion is. Any system that looks inward rather than upward is doomed to failure. Jesus is the Messiah. He is the hope not just for Jews but for all men and women and children everywhere. Religion looks for a method. Apollos pointed to a Man.
Jesus. If He is not our sum and substance we are on the wrong track.