“To what can I compare this generation?
It is like children playing a game in the public square.
They complain to their friends,
‘We played wedding songs,
and you didn’t dance,
so we played funeral songs,
and you didn’t mourn.’”
– Matthew 11:16-17 (NLT)
Making reference to a popular song or a child’s game of His time,
Jesus reproaches those who offer groundless excuses for not recognising Him;
for not accepting Him as Lord
in spite of all His efforts to help man see truth and salvation in Him.
He still does so till this very day.
Jesus reproach, like everything else He said and taught,
is appropriate for all generations, not least ours.
Jesus cries for us, saddened by those of us who have been brought up un the faith
but have walked away from it;
by those of us who claim to still be followers of Christ
but have bent and twisted the Lord’s commandments to suit themselves.
by those of us who are “Christian” by name alone,
leading mostly worldly lives
and, aside from a token trip to Church on Sunday,
exist apart from God for the rest of the week.
From the beginning of human history
the Lord has striven to attract all mankind to Himself,
and yet, because of man’s self-centeredness and short-sightedness,
He has so regularly been rejected or put aside:
"What more could I have done for my vineyard
that I have not already done?
When I expected sweet grapes,
why did my vineyard give me bitter grapes?" (Isa 5:4)
God loved us to the extent of even sending His one and only Son to save us,
So, what about me?
How am I responding to God’s great love for me?
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord Jesus, You are the Truth.
Thank You for loving me – You are my salvation!