TEXT: Matthew 11:1-6
1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
John Piper said, “The biblical criterion for misplaced shame says, don’t feel shame for something that honors God, no matter how weak or foolish or wrong it makes you look in the eyes of men. And don’t feel shame for bad circumstances where you don’t share in dishonoring God. The biblical criterion for well-placed shame says, DO feel shame for having a hand in anything that dishonors God, no matter how strong or wise or right it makes you look in the eyes of men.
I read a story of a soldier in WWI who was so distraught with the war that he deserted! He tried to find his way to the coast so he could catch a boat and make his way back home to England. In the darkness of the night he stumbled on a road sign. * It was so dark and he was so lost, he had no idea what the sign said and decided to climb the pole. When he got to the crossbeam, he held on to read the sign. He took out a match, lit it, and looked directly into the face of Jesus. He had climbed an outdoor crucifix!
Stunned by what he saw, he realized the shame of his life. He was looking into the face of the One who had endured it all and had never turned back. The next morning, the soldier was back in the trenches. You and I tonight need to look into the face of the One who endured all the punishment and shame of our sin and never turned back. And as we look into His face, we must ask ourselves, “Am I totally loyal to the One who is totally loyal to me?”
In our last message, we continued looking at what Jesus told John to do in order to assuage his doubts about Jesus, and how we can apply this passage to our doubts. First, we are to look up to God and take our doubts to the Lord in prayer. Second, we are to look around and look back at the miracles Jesus has wrought throughout history and in our lives. Thirdly, we are to take comfort in the fact that Jesus preached the Gospel to poor and sinful people just like us.
Next, Jesus concludes this passage by encouraging John the Baptist with a blessing on those who are not offended in Him. Doubt is often accompanied by an ashamed attitude towards our faith. During Jesus’ lifetime, this offendedness would have been brought about Jesus’ low social status and fraternizing with Gentiles and sinners. In our modern time, our offendedness is usually brought about by an embarrassment regarding Jesus’ strict moral doctrine and the call to put Christ above all else in a society dominated by secularism. We cannot let ourselves be ashamed of Jesus, we must boldly follow in His steps, follow His teachings, and proclaim the Gospel regardless of what society thinks.
The next time you struggle with doubt, take comfort in knowing that Jesus is truly the author and finisher of our faith. There is no one else to look for. His miracles attest to His power, and the gospel attests to His purpose. If we remain strong in our faith and reject doubt, we will be blessed in the life to come.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.