Read Luke 17:34-35
34 That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.[a]”
Jesus wants all people to come to him and receive mercy and eternal life. He doesn’t play favourites. He doesn’t reject people just because they were born in a certain place, at a certain time, amidst a certain culture. He has ways and means of “getting through” to all humankind with his offer of life.
The problem is, that so much of humankind resist this offer—even when the offer stares them in the face. We might rightly debate just how some can possibly get the opportunity to hear of the message of grace in their circumstances. However, the sad truth is that those who had every chance in the world still rejected Jesus.
Jesus grieves over Jerusalem, which had all the advantages of the traditions of Scripture, and the expectation of a Messiah. When the Messiah appeared, those in power scorned him. He wasn’t their sort of Messiah. And so they rejected salvation, when it was right under their very noses. And so they would suffer the consequences.
When we suffer the consequences of our refusal to embrace the grace of Jesus, we can’t put the blame on him. He always knocks on the door, but we need to open it.
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