Text: Matthew 22 (Genesis 43-44)
Jesus dishes out some difficult teaching found in Matthew 21-22. This teaching is aimed at the Jews, in particular those who will reject Him as their Messiah. In one of His rebukes, Jesus says something of concern to us all, even if we are not Jewish.
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)
The invitation of God is made to many people in many places – “many are called”. But most will reject that call, whether because of rebellion, indifference or self-righteousness. Sadly they will find themselves where “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Others will respond and accept Jesus, and they are the ones Jesus calls “chosen.” Now theologians have wrestled for centuries about the relationship of human responsibility and God’s sovereign choosing, and we might do likewise. But I find it easier to see that Jesus here brings both into view. I recall the years I spent rejecting the Lord until that day I said “yes” and found myself among the chosen. This Word today challenges me to celebrate the truth that I am apparently both called and chosen and at the same time to feel the burden the Lord had for me when I was yet lost. My take on all this – Worship Him with joy, thank Him for choosing us, and work like crazy to reach the lost for Jesus.
in Him, Mike