Rejection of Christ

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Matthew 8:33-34 “Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they pleaded with Him to leave their region.” NIV Bible      Extra Reading: Matthew 8:28-34

Jesus has just showed how much value He places on human life by driving out demons from the pigs and letting them drown into the sea. Why did people ask Jesus to leave? Unlike their own pagan gods, Jesus could not be contained, controlled, or appeased. They feared Jesus’ supernatural power, a power that they had never before witnessed. And they were upset about losing a herd of pigs more than they were glad about the deliverance of the demon-possessed men. The question is, are you more concerned about property and programs than people? Human beings are created in God’s image and have eternal value. How foolish and yet how easy it is to value possessions, investments, and even animals above human life. Would you rather have Jesus leave you than finish His work in you? You make a choice right now. Another interesting verse to look at is Matthew 21:42 which states, Jesus said to them, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” Jesus refers to himself as “the stone the builders rejected.” Although Jesus was rejected by many of His people, He will become the capstone, or cornerstone, of His new building, the church (see Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:7). Life will be going on as usual on the day Christ returns. There will be no warning. Most people will be going about their everyday tasks, indifferent to the demands of God. They will be as surprised by Christ’s return as the people in Noah’s day were by the flood (Genesis 6-8) or the people in Lot’s day by the destruction of Sodom

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