Summary: Identifing with the people that are listed in these verses
Like Waldo, I’m in the crowd!
Matt. 11:1-6 There has been a time in my life when I have been like the blind man, that I too couldn’t see, maybe not phyically but spiritually.
There has been times in my life, I have been like the lame man, not physically but emotionally and mentally, broken down, brusied, hurt, crippled and need of healing.
I too can identify with those ones who are affected with leprosy, I have been affected with something far worse than any disease that has ever touched mankind, it eats at your very existence, it changes the person you are and the kind of person you want to be. It is sin!
There have been times in my life, I have been like the woman at the well, wanting acceptance and love only finding disappointments in relationships.
Not being able to give love nor recieve love fully.
At times I have followed Jesus faithfully and times I too have turned away from Him.
At times, like Peter, I have made great statements of faith and then, there has been times like Peter, I have denied knowing Him. Maybe not with my words but with my actions.
At times I have been like the crowd who sang "Hosanna" praising His name and then, there has been times I have been like the crowd who cursed Him and mocked Him. Maybe not with my mouth but certainly with my attitude, my actions, my thoughts.
There have been times when I have listen to His voice and heeded His call and then, there are times, when I have totally ignored His voice and done what I wanted, knowing there would be consequences.
There have been times I have worshipped Him from my heart, pouring out thankfulness to Him for what He has done for me, and there have been times when I have drove those nails into His hands and feet, not only with my sins but with my decisions (my choice) to rebel against the forgiveness that He offers.
There have been times when I have told of His wonderful miracles and then, there have been those times when I have not recongnized His plan nor His work.
There have been times when I’ve had compassion upon people and then, there has been times when I have been as hard-hearted as the Pharisees.
I have been His disciple, learning, studing, obeying and then there are times when I have been His betrayer.
There has been times I have forgiven people for what they have done to me, just as Jesus taught and there have been times that I have been as unforgiving as the unforgiving servant in the parable Jesus told about.
There has been times when I have given, like the widow who gave all that she had, but most of the time, with what I have, I have been like the rich young ruler.
There have been times I feel that my faith could move mountains and then, there are times when I have felt like Peter who begin to sink, I to have felt myself sinking in the sea, the sea of hopelessness, doubt, fear, worry.
There have been times I have recieved the Word as a child (trusting, believing) and then, there have been times when I couldn’t grasp even the simplest message in His word, just like Nicodemous.
Maybe you too fit in some of these categorizes, there are times, when your hot, times when your cold, and times when your luke warm.
Times when you surrendered all and times that you haven’t.
Times when you have been like Paul, and times you have been like Demas.
But no matter where you are in your relationship with Jesus, there is grace offered, forgiveness offered, mercy offered, love offered.
No matter how many times you fall, that’s how many times God will help you up!