Did they understand? (Matthew 21)

16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,

“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
    you have prepared praise’?” Matthew 21:16

As I turned the page in my Bible the dust from a Malawian village had to be dusted off.  I blew the dust and then I gazed upon a chapter filled with moments where Jesus encountered people who did not understand who He was.

It was the same way yesterday in a remote village where we meet with over 300 children.  The village was about an hour off the main road.  The people were very nice and extremely gracious.  In the morning our team shared games, love, Bible lessons, and then we provided lunch.  Finally it was time for me to share the gospel story with a call to say, “yes” to Jesus.

Brothers and sisters, it was a moment of joy to share but a moment of personal horror as I saw people who seemed to almost have no ability to understand.  They listened and they participated with responses to my questions.  But I wonder, “Did they understand?”

When I gave the gospel invitation, about 200 responded by standing to say, “Yes” to Jesus.  But did they understand?

This morning I was able to blow the dust off my Bible but I could not blow away the depth’s of what happened in that village!  At the same time I cannot blow the dust off the many times I have shared at FBC Jackson, Kings Baptist, FBC Richmond Hill, and Emmanuel Baptist with the same results.  The question comes to me this morning, “Lord what should I do?”

Answer: “Share the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results to God.”

Here is how Paul makes this answer so real to me today:

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants[c] for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. II Corinthians 4:3-6

Pray for our team as we once again penetrate this same village with the gospel.  Pray for your church and for my church to experience true understanding in the gospel.  Pray for our cities to experience a Great Awakening for the sake of the gospel.

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