Calling Truth-Seekers, Not Thrill-Seekers

Jesus was calling those of faith, He was not trying to amass a crowd of thrill-seekers.  

Mt.8

5 When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” 23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.

Notice that only His disciples followed Jesus.  They saw Jesus, the works of God, and they believed.  They already knew that Jesus had nowhere to lay His head, and they believed in Him anyway. They had already left their dead to bury their own dead, and they followed Jesus. However, their faith and their faithfulness must be tested even more.

  24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” 

When they got to shore, Jesus cast devils out of two men.  34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

Mt.9

1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7And he rose and went home8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Jesus has the power to forgive sins— He has the power to forgive your sins.  What is your reaction to that?  Does that make you afraid?  Does that draw you closer to Him?  

14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

The Bridegroom was here among us, He has gone to prepare our home, and He is going to return when all is ready.  Until then, this is the time for fasting.  

In this week’s reading, there were many others healed by Jesus, with many people having different reactions.  Some believed, some were just amazed, and some even accused Jesus of being possessed with a devil, but throughout all this, Jesus is calling people to faith.  

35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” 

God is still saving lost souls.

11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Jesus died on the Cross to forgive you, and to save you from your sin, what is your answer to Jesus?  

For those of us who follow Jesus, He will soon return, and we need to get busy.  He said—

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” 

God is still calling people to faith, He is still saving people through the witness of the Gospel, may it be YOURS and MY witness to the gospel.  

Ps.74:12 – Yet God my King, is from of old working salvation in the midst of the earth.

Ps.75:1 – We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.

 Amen!

~ by James M. Winslow on 2021/04/12.

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