The gospel is not irresistible
Pastor Mark Jeske
Do you ever fantasize that it would have been much easier to believe in Jesus if you could have seen him? heard him? eaten his miracle food and watched one of his healings? Well, not so fast. You may have been put off by his humble appearance or his sharp-edged teachings or his claims to be divine or his claims on your life.
Still, when you saw him go toe-to-toe with Satan, the prince of darkness, and throw him back to hell, the only conclusion you could possibly have drawn is that you have just seen God himself in action. You have to work at it to stay an unbeliever, and you would need some sort of rationalization for his dazzling feats.
The Pharisees came up with an interesting theory for Jesus’ miracles: “A man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. . . . But the Pharisees said, ‘It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons’” (Matthew 9:32-34).
Absurd, right? Of course. But it shows that Jesus’ powerful messages and miracles were not irresistible. People who are determined not to believe the truth or be moved by displays of clearly divine power will always find an excuse, any excuse, not to worship Jesus as Lord. On judgment day, the most horrible verdicts will be handed down to those who did not want Jesus as their Savior. They will be granted their wish. Forever.
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