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My People Do Not Know….

Luke 17:22And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
Matthew Henry who lived in 1702 wrote these words on this Scripture: “the disciples expected a constant series of success in their work; but Christ tells them it would be otherwise. {See v.22 above} one such day as we now have…
People will grow cool to the preaching of the gospel so you will not see such harvests of souls gathered to Christ …. The time may come when we may in vain wish for such days. God teaches us to know the worth of such mercies by the want of them….the Spirit is withdrawn from them; they see not their signs; the angel comes not down to stir the waters; there is a great stupidity among the children of men, and a great lukewarmness among the children of God; then shall they wish to see such victorious triumphant days of the Son of man as they have sometimes seen, when he has ridden forth with his bow and his crown, conquering and to conquer, but they will not see them. NOTE: We must not think that Christ’s church and cause are lost because things are not always alike visible and prevailing.”
These words penned over three hundred years ago are as up to date as this morning’s newspaper. I find it absolutely fascinating that he grieved over the lack of response to the Gospel message as I. There are times when I sit grieving that there is so little response to the message preached and so little notice of our community, yet I know that it has always been so:
When Paul spoke to King Agrippa he was shocked that the King seemed to know so little. Paul said: “For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.Acts 26:26 Yet, it seems that either Agrippa didn’t hear or more likely didn’t care. Either way he was accountable to God for a decision that he put off making. When confronted with this truth, King Agrippa became accountable to God and his eternity depended upon his response.
Today many people are either not hearing or not caring. Either way they will one day give an account for “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. ”
II Corinthians 5:10
Bro. Wayne