Summary: When we look upon the goodness and wisdom that Christ offers we should desire to be like Him and not just give Him lip service like the Queen of Sheba.
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Pastor James May
IS JESUS REALLY THAT GOOD?
Have you heard about the goodness, mercy, wisdom, and love of Jesus Christ?
That’s the question that we ask of those around us everyday as we attempt to witness to other people about Jesus. Most of the time people will just walk away, never making a decision to examine closely the goodness of our Lord. They walk away, casting off one more opportunity to obtain forgiveness and to secure their eternal home in Heaven. In doing so, they seal their own eternal condemnation.
In Matthew 12:31-32 we read these words of Jesus to the Pharisees, "… All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."
What is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost? It has been defined as a continual rejection of the message of the Gospel. It has also been defined as denying the power and workings of the Holy Ghost and attributing those works to the power of Satan.
When we examine these definitions of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, it is disturbing to think that those who continually reject the gospel and who never decide to come to Jesus in repentance, are guilty of this great sin that can never be forgiven. It isn’t that blasphemy can’t be forgiven, but that it won’t be, because the guilty person will not repent of their rejection of God. They refuse to stop long enough to examine the goodness of God. Thus, they condemn themselves to an eternal punishment.
It isn’t enough to hear the message. It isn’t enough just to stop and examine the goodness of God. We must come to a decision that we will accept the message and become a part of the Kingdom of God through repentance and being washed in the Blood of the Lamb.
In Matthew 12:42 Jesus spoke these words to those same Pharisees, "The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here."account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
I think it would be good for us to examine what happened when the “queen of the south”, or the “queen of Sheba” heard of the goodness of God that was given unto King Solomon of Israel.
1 Kings 10:1-9, "And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built, And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice."