If you have stayed with me through this series of posts, THANK YOU! We’ve been thinking about areas in which the Jesus-follower gets STUCK! Most of these messages were (or will be) delivered at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Augusta (website: crossroadschurchinaugusta.com).
The last area we want to consider is SINNERS! We get STUCK on the issue of SINNERS! What are we to do with “them”? Are we to hang around them? Avoid them? Become like them?
This topic of our relationship to SINNERS has become a passion for me. I’m a SINNER. How about you? Someone reached out to me with the gospel. How dare I spend all my time with fellow-believers, eating only Christian cookies, listening only to Christian music, and going only to Christian meetings? How dare I?
Our text for this topic is Matthew 11 where we read:
16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
17 “‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’
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, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
There is so much in this passage that we are going to take several posts to ponder it. Please notice that Jesus is rendering a judgment on His generation. He compares them to children singing mocking songs in the marketplace about Himself and John the Baptist. “You’re like a bunch of kids pouting because we aren’t behaving the way you want us too!”, Jesus seems to be saying. These “children” are inviting other like-minded kids to join them in their mockery and derision. What are they so hyped about?
The answer is that they didn’t care for the way either John the Baptist or Jesus lived among them. And their only response is ridicule and mockery. John the Baptist and Jesus didn’t dance to their tunes or mourn with their dirges. And that ticked them off! (to be continued)