IT’S NOT JUST AN INDIVIDUAL MATTER
Luk 7: 29 (Now all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God’s justice, because they had been baptised with John’s baptism.
Luk 7: 30 However, the Pharisees and the experts in religious law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptised by John.)
Luk 7: 31 “To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?
Luk 7:32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, but you did not weep.’
Luk 7: 33 Because John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’
Luk 7: 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Notice, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
Luk 7: 35 But wisdom is absolved by all her children.”
a generation’s choice
The religious elite in Jesus’ day had made their choice. They chose to side against John the Baptist, and the revival he initiated. They made it their task in life to criticise John and those who had joined the revival. Then, exposing their own hypocrisy, they opposed Jesus because he did not do things the way John did! Jesus told the crowds that their generation will either prove itself faithful or not, and the next generation will either absolve it of guilt, or prove its guilt. It all depends on this generation’s choice.
It matters what you think as an individual. It also matters what your generation decides. The ultimate decision of the society which heard John’s preaching was to side with the Pharisees, rejecting Christ, and nailing him to a cross. The next generation saw disaster and death.
This generation has also made decisions. We may not be able to reverse those decisions, and save our children from their consequences. It might be ours only to show the injustice of those decisions.
LORD, save us and our children from the choices our generation has made.