Matt. 11: Commendation, Condemnation
Jesus Commends John the Baptist…
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30In today’s lesson, we see Jesus defending John the Baptist, who has been in prison for some time and will soon be martyred. In yesterday’s scripture lesson, John the Baptist questioned whether Jesus was the Messiah, or if they should be looking for another. John had been anticipating the King Jesus would reign over Israel and rescue her from Roman tyranny. But that day is yet to come. But far from condemning John for unbelief, Jesus commends him for faithfully carrying out his calling in fulfillment of scripture.
…but Condemns the Cities Where He was Rejected
But just as passionately as Jesus defends John the Baptist, he condemns those who rejected Him. Those today who would define Christianity as just being nice and loving everyone should take a closer look at the Scriptures. Jesus gave all, even His life, to save humanity. Yet there is strong judment and condemnation for rejecting the truths of Jesus’ teaching. And that is the purpose behind these lessons – that we might truly know the living and true God, and serve Him faithfully. But if we reject Him, as did many in His day, we place ourselves under His stern condemnation and a wrath to come. Take a personal inventory of your heart today and be sure your are in right standing with God. CLICK HERE to listen to today’s lesson.
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