TEXT: Matthew 11:16-19
16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
Ray Ortlund said, “When a sinner refuses to come to Christ, he is guilty because he has made a free choice. It reflects his own state of mind, feeling and attitude toward God and His Son.”
Have you ever tried to please a group of children by suggesting they all pick out just one game or one activity to do together? Some of you may be dealing with this as part of your daily life and others may have to go back to your babysitting days.
One way that this is described is “it’s like trying to herd a group of cats.” Getting just one cat to do what you want is difficult but try controlling or directing three or more and you quickly realize the futility of your efforts.
This was what Jesus had to deal with as He tried to reveal Himself to the Jewish people during His ministry. It seemed that no matter what He did the Jewish religious leaders wanted nothing to do with Him.
In our last message, we looked at how most people will reject the Gospel regardless of how we present it. However, we should not lose hope in the Gospel message nor should we stop proclaiming it.
Ravi Zacharias Ministries says about the very interesting last sentence “But wisdom is justified of her children:”
It is a proverbial saying about how we can recognize wisdom. The Pharisees were very good at pointing out when people broke their rules, but very bad at recognizing true wisdom and the fear of the Lord.
Jesus came eating bread and drinking wine. John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine. But in spite of the contrast in the way they went about their ministries, both Jesus and John the Baptist were shown to be children of God through their actions. They were vindicated before God by their righteous deeds. They were both children of God – though the way they lived that out looked different.
I think a modern day example would be that not everyone is called to have the same role in the Church. One person might give lots of money to the poor or to missions, but live a life that looks pretty normal otherwise. Someone else might sell everything and go be a missionary in the jungle. But wisdom is vindicated by all her children! Both of these people are living in the fear of the Lord.
We can take comfort in knowing that the Gospel will not be preached in vain. In the words of Matthew Henry, “Though the means of grace be thus slighted and abused by many, by the most, yet there is a remnant that through grace do improve them, and answer the designs of them, to the glory of God, and the good of their own souls.” The wisdom of preaching the Gospel will be justified through those who accept the salvation provided through Jesus Christ. Many Christian leaders have set up different types of strategies on how to evangelize this group or that group. We have seeker-sensitive churches and multi-campus churches. We have developed methods that are focused towards reaching specific ethnic groups, religious groups, or age groups. We have “hip” preachers and strict preachers, yet most of society rejects the Gospel. We must recognize that the inhabitants of this sinful world are like whiny children complaining that their friends will not play whatever game they have set up. Nevertheless, we must remain faithful in proclaiming the Gospel so that some might be saved.
John H. Stockton wrote:
Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
there’s mercy with the Lord,
and He will surely give you rest
by trusting in His word.
For Jesus shed His precious blood
rich blessings to bestow;
plunge now into the crimson flood
that washes white as snow.
Yes, Jesus is the truth, the way,
that leads you into rest;
believe in Him without delay,
and you are fully blest.
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 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” 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.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.