As we continue our remarks from Matthew Chapter 12, Jesus related the account of a demon who left a man that he possessed on his own volition. But when he was unable to find a new body to possess and to control he returned to his original abode and found it swept and garnished, but also found it empty. The individual never filled his life again with the Holy Spirit.
Continuation from Matthew Chapter 12 on "The Life of Jesus" "Did Jesus Just Happen"
In verses 41-45, Christ continued to spell out the judgment of that generation. Notice how often the phrase "this generation" appears in this portion of Scripture. "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation and shall condemn it; because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold a greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South shall rise up in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it; for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold a greater than Solomon is here. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a an, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he said, I will return into my house from whence I came out;and when he is come he finds it empty, swept and garnished. then goeth hem and and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto "this wicked generation,"
As Christ continued with the words of judgment on "that generation", verse 41, He compared that with Nineveh and also in verse 42 compared them with the Queen of the South and showed how these would judge that generation, The people in both verses were Gentiles. They, with much less revelation to go on, responded without miracles, but "that generation" Israel (Jews) did not.
Then in verses 43-45, Christ showed through a parable what the final outcome of that generation would be.
Explanation of this in next weeks remarks.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
As we continue with with Life of Christ, "Did Jesus Just Happen".
We see in the Scripture that Jesus continues to perform miracles after chapter 12 of Matthew but His miracles after chapter 12 were not for the purpose of authenticating His person and message. The purpose for the miracles Jesus performed would be for the training of the twelve apostles for the ministry they would have to conduct as the result of the rejection of Christ being the Messiah. But, for "that generation" there would not be any sign but one: the sign of Jonah which is the sign of the Gospel, the death, burial, and resurrection. It is a sign that would come on three occasions: at the resurrection of Lazarus; At His own resurrection; and the resurrection of the two witnesses in the Tribulation.----(70th Week of Daniel) a period of time lasting seven years, immediately after the translation of the church into heaven or in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ which is in existence in this age or generation.
In Verses 41-45 of Matthew 12, Christ continued to spell out the judgment of that generation.
I know this week is very short but will continue next week in full. (Please forgive due to health problems)
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
We continue with the Life of Jesus "Did Jesus Just Happen" after Jesus had cast a demon out of a man who was deaf and dumb, therefore, the Jewish Religious Leaders accused Him of being the Devil and casting the demon out in the name of the devil.
We now find Jesus Christ pronounced judgment on the generation of that day. "That generation has now committed the unpardonable sin." The Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost. We must be very clear as to what the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is. It is the unpardonable sin that was committed by that generation of Israel in Jesus' day. It involved the denial of Christ's as being the Messiah while He was physically resent on the earth , on the grounds that He was demon possessed. The sin was unpardonable and judgment was set. The judgment came in the year of 70 A.D. It is not a sin that can be committee by individuals today. It is a national sin committed by the generation of Jesus' day and for that generation the sin was unpardonable, This was a leagalistic sin under the Jewish legal system and the Law Dispensation. So because of the rejection the Christ being the Messiah that generation had committed the unpardonable sin. Judgment was now set and there is no way of escaping the judgment. It was a judgment that was to fulfilled forty years later in the year 70 A.D.
In Matthew 12: 38-40, we see a change in the ministry of Christ. Not the emphasis in verse 39 when he calls these people "an evil and adulterous generation.," The Pharisees where stunned by the pronouncement of judgment and they tried to retake the offensive in verse 38 by demanding a sign. The sign was being demanded by the Pharisees as though Christ had don nothing so far to substantiate He being the Messiah. Son in verse 38, they requested a sign but in verse 39, we the change in policy regarding the signs, "Then certain of the Scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee, but Jesus answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it. But the sign of the Prophet Jonas." From now on there would be no more signs for the nation of Israel.
Next week, I will continue relating about the sign of Jonah and we continue with the Ministry of Jesus.
I would add to this week's comments. There might be some questions about what I have stated concerning the unpardonable sin, Please feel free to call me at 229-378-5705.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor