“To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, “ ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.” Luke 7:31-35
People do not change. We act today that same way people acted in Jesus’ day. We make up our minds about something and then no matter what we stick to it. No amount of evidence or the actions of people will change our minds. In fact we will interpret everything through our preconceived beliefs.
There was John leading an acetic life and so many said the he must be possessed by a demon. How could they possibly follow someone who lived, acted and talked the way he did. The along come Jesus who drinks wine and associates with sinners and they call Him a drunkard and a glutton. How could we possible follow someone like that? The issue was not how John or Jesus acted but that both were calling the people to change and repent of their sins.
No one likes to be told that what they are doing is wrong. How could it be wrong because it brings me such pleasure? I think a lot of people reject Jesus not for what He actually said but for how they think it will change their lives. They just do not want to give up their perceived pleasure. But is sin really pleasurable? In the moment it probably is. But what about after? When a person comes down from their high or seeps off the drunk from the night before, how pleasurable is that? When you have to sneak around always wondering if you are going to be found out, how pleasurable is that?
Sin has a cost. Even when no one finds out about our sins we still have the cost and fear of being found out. We suffer the low after the high or the hangover after a night of partying. Then there is the physical cost of sin. The damage the stress does to us or the damage caused by drugs and alcohol. Sexual sins have their own costs with the possibility of disease. Then there is the cost to our loved ones as they deal with our sins. Children suffer because of divorce. I think most people when they are honest with themselves know that what they are doing is wrong. They just do not want to change.
But un-repented sin has an even bigger cost. That cost is eternal. The sad thing is that once we turn our lives over to God we find even greater pleasure in following Him. We find that we no longer enjoy the old ways but we also find we still live joy filled lives. And we have something great to look forward to.
Today or two thousand years ago, people just do not want to change and they definitely do not want to hear they are sinners. So rather than change they reject Jesus.
Have a blessed day,