Positively Accepting

We have been considering the three types of responses that people have towards Jesus. We have discussed the Critically Castigate, the Persistently Indifferent, and now we look at the Positively Accepting. (11:25-30) While the first two groups have not been very edifying, Jesus turns to praise. Saying in Matthew 11:25~At that time Jesus declared, I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; (ESV) Now the wise and understanding refers to the proud and arrogant Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes. The phrase little children again indicate those who respond positively to God’s truth, found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. A great description of these two kinds of responses is found in James 4:6~But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. (NIV)

On Wednesday night during our study on the Prologue the opening of our world by God, I shared one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It’s found in Genesis 4:7~If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. (ESV) Only those who are willing to humbly receive God’s truth and do right, will understand and be accepted. Matthew 11:26~yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. (ESV) Pride keeps more people out of heaven than anything else. 

Jesus says in Matthew 11:27~All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows (ἐπιγινώσκει ἐπιγινώσκω) the Son except the Father, and no one knows (ἐπιγινώσκω epiginōskō) the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. (ESV) (ἐπιγινώσκω epiginōskō) means thoroughly aquatinted and accurately known. God knows His Son and the Son knows His Father intimately or completely. So, to whom does Jesus choose to reveal the Father too? Matthew 11:28~Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (ESV) Jesus says to us if you are tired of carrying the weight of your salvation, the burden of your sin and guilt if your works are weighing you down. Just Come! Just be My disciple.

The truth is that salvation is acceptance by Jesus Christ because we have come and humbly said we are a sinner. We asking Jesus to come and live in our hearts and tell Him that He is the Lord overall and that we are going to do our best to do what is right. If you have ever wanted to be accepted, all you have to do is turn to Jesus. Perhaps right now you want to do just that. I bet you can even think of someone in your life that craves acceptance. What they truly desire is Jesus. Romans 8:22~We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (NIV) 

Why not take this devotion as an encouragement to talk with the Lord and when you see the one he has laid on your heart, do what is right. Christ continues to encourage our positive response as Jesus says in Matthew 11:29-30~Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me…For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (ESV) God is not looking to blister or irritate you. No, the Lord wants you to know that He is here to be fully, intimately known by you. All you have to do is respond.

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