THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Mary Prescott married John Physick in Portland, Maine, on July 4, 1770.
The next Sunday, the minister chose for his text, Luke 10:42: "Mary has chosen that good part."
16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
There was once another lady who married a man named John.
Her parents had not wanted her to marry him.
The next Sunday, the minister preached from Matthew 11:18 at the bride's request:
"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil."
That particular "John" was John ADAMS, by the way, who became the 2nd President of the United States!
The people who were around when John the Baptist preached didn't profit from His preaching very much.
Most of them still maintained that superior "air," and wanted to make it to heaven with good works.
During John's ministry, Jesus came on the scene.
Not many people profited from His ministry either.
A few believed He was Messiah, but others just wanted him to end up like John the Baptist!
Jesus said those people were like children. Someone said, "Let's play wedding."
And everyone said, "NO!"
Then someone said, "Let's play funeral."
But again, everyone said, "NO!"
But those who believed both John the Baptist and Jesus were "children" who "justified" the Lord's offer of salvation!
Acts 4:12 says,
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
As "children" of Christ, we don't work to BE saved.
We work for joy because we ARE saved!