Read: Genesis 33-35, Matthew 11
Have you ever known someone who refused to watch a G-rated movie because that stuff is juvenile? It’s fluff. It’s meant for kids. I’m above that sort of childishness. Well, I guess the Gospel is too juvenile as well, because Jesus made sure that his message was suitable for all audiences. It was actually aimed toward the less learned.
Jesus stood strong in the face of the religious and welcomed the children to him. He acted in direct contrast to the culture of the day appealing to the weak and simple. His Gospel, while suitable for all audiences, was better received by those who had no claim to knowledge of the law.
Aside from sin, the thing that can restrain us the most from receiving from God is ourselves. Our big brains and so-called wisdom clog our mind with complex ideas that Jesus never presented. Like the Pharisees in the days of the disciples, we see ourselves as being above such simplicity. And Jesus praised God that He chose to reveal his truth to the young and the simple rather than the wise and learned.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple enough to be received by children and enduring enough for the aged. It is deep enough to appeal to the learned and broad enough to be understood by the simple.
Rather than working from the top down, Jesus started at the bottom and worked his way up. Not because those were the only people who would listen to him, but because it was his Father’s will that he do so.
Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
Matthew 11:26 (NIV)
There are many people making all-encompassing truth claims these days. Any true believer would have to look at many of these claims and call them false. Not everything is for everyone at all times.
But there is one thing that is for everyone at any time. Every person on the planet has free access to it.
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:11-13 (ESV)
Though we may all be equal. We are not the same. As much a minorities may want to blur the lines of distinction, the lines do and always will exist. We were made different for a purpose.
If you’re going to remove lines of distinction, at least remove them in a situation that matters. Take them away when life and death are involved. Remove them in a way that’s beneficial for everyone.
When it comes to salvation, we are all the same. God loves us equally. Jesus accepts everyone if only we call on him.
Daily Bible reading: Psalm 88-89; Romans 10
The whole quantity, extent, duration, amount, quality, or degree; as, all the wheat; all the land; all the year; all the strength. This word signifies then, the whole or entire thing, or all the parts or particulars which compose it. It always precedes the definitive adjectives, the, my, thy, his, our, your, their; as ,all the cattle; all my labor; all thy goods; all his wealth; all our families; all your citizens; all their property.
This word, not only in popular language, but in the scriptures, often signifies, indefinitely, a large portion or number, or a great part. Thus, all the cattle in Egypt died; all Judea and all the region round about Jordan; all men held John as a prophet; are not to be understood in a literal sense, but as including a large part or very great numbers.
I don’t know about you, but when the Bible says all, I want to see all.
Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles… And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
Acts 5:12-16 (ESV)
I want to see people from all over filling our churches and, not only expecting, but actually seeing miracles. I want to see all who come in added to our numbers. I want to see all who are sick healed.
In this case, I don’t think that wanting it all is wanting too much. It’s wanting what Jesus wants for his Church.
Daily Bible reading: Esther 1-3; Acts 5:1-16
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