Your Personal Responsibility to Believe - Matthew 11:20-30

November 26, 2022 Pastor: Terry Embke Series: The Life of Jesus Christ

Topic: Study of the Life of Christ Passage: Matthew 11:20–30

112722-“Your Personal Responsibility To Believe”...Matthew 11:20-30

Genesis 2:16-17...“And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.’”

Galatians 6:7...“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever you sow, you will also reap”

Psalm 139:2...“You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them”

1 Corinthians 4:5...“Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation
from God.”

Matthew 11:
-V.16a..."But to what shall I compare this generation?”
-V.16b-17...“It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.”

Matthew 11:20-24...“Then He proceeded to denounce the towns where most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent: ‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago! But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to
heaven? You will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until today. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.’”

Jesus’ Use Of “Woe”:
-Represents righteous anger
-Comes from His heart of love that is broken over the stubbornness & blindness of people

Sermon In A Sentence: It would be better for you to have never heard the gospel than to hear it, yet fail to humble yourself & repent.

In Gentleness & Humility, Jesus Invites Everyone To Believe:
-Why will you not repent of your sin? (v.20-24)
-Why will you not humble yourself like a child? (v.25-27)
-Why will you not come to Jesus & find rest? (v.28-30)

Luke 12:48...“Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more”

Repentance:
-Literally means “to change your mind”
-It does NOT mean “to change your behavior”
-When you “repent” (change your mind) the result is changed behavior!

Luke 19:10...“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost”

Matthew 11:25-27...“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, because this was Your good pleasure. All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desires to reveal Him"

1 Corinthians 1:26-29...“Brothers, consider your calling: Not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world— what is viewed as nothing— to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence”

Matthew 11:28-30...“‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’”