Point Of Hope - Issue26 - February 2016 February 2016 - Page 26

Jesus Responds t o t he Messengers Matthew 11:11-19 ?Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear! 16 ?But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, 17 and saying: ?We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament.? 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ?He has a demon.?19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ?Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!?But wisdom is justified by her children.? Jesus wanted the people of Israel to have a responsive heart towards Him. The Prophets had spoken of His coming and all He would bring. However, the people of Israel resisted Jesus. Jesus brought forth change and some were not willing to follow Him. ?To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.? Jesus had condemned the attitude of His generation. No matter what He did, they were skeptical and cynical. Isn?t this the same attitude in our generation today? We see the works of God being performed in lives, and yet many question His ability, compassion and authority. Just as Jesus challenged the people about 26 February 2016 Point of Hope Magazine their comfortable, secure and self-centered lives, He does the same with us. We can no longer make justifications for our behavior. Nor can we validate our inconsistent living. When our attitude and actions reflect these things, we are resisting God and the change He desires to bring about within our lives. Jesus stated ?He who has ears, let him hear.? The word ?hear? does not mean to hear as with our ears but to comprehend or understand. In other words, it isn?t enough to just listen to Jesus, but He wants us to understand His teachings and apply them to our lives. Are you resisting God? Are there behaviors you are justifying because you don?t want to change? If so, ask God for His grace to help you get into alignment with His will.