The Golden Opportunities of Interruptions



“Again and again during his earthly ministry Jesus was interrupted; namely, in his speaking to a crowd, conversing with his disciples, traveling, sleeping, and praying  The fact that none of these intrusions floor him, so that for the moment he would be at a loss what to do or what to say, shows that we are dealing here with the Son of man who is also the Son of God!  What we would call an ‘interruption’ is for him a springboard or take-off point for the utterance of a great saying, or for the performance of a marvelous deed, revealing his power, wisdom, and love.  What for us would have been a painful exigency is to him a golden opportunity.”  –William Hendricksen “Matthew” (Banner of Truth) p. 431


A Call To Sinners

wpid-wp-13983608739581“…it is only by the grace and power of God that sinners are able to accept the [gospel] invitation and along with it the salvation held out to them by God…  Here in Matt. 9:13 the glorious purpose of Christ’s incarnation and mission receives beautiful expression.  The passage makes clear that not to those who consider themselves worthy but rather to those who are in desperate need the invitation to salvation, full and free, is extended. It was sinners, the lost, the straying, the beggars, the burdened ones, the hungry and thirsty, whom Jesus came to save.  This is in line with all of special revelation, both the Old Testament and the New.  It is a message full of comfort and ‘relevant’ to every age!”  –William Hendricksen “Matthew” (Banner of Truth) pp. 425-426

Only God Can Change the Weather

download“Much that is wrong on earth can be corrected.  There are mothers who dry tears, repairmen who fix machines, surgeons who remove diseased tissues, counselors who solve family problems, etc.  As to correcting the weather?   People talk about it, to be sure.  But it takes deity to change the weather.  It is Jesus who commands the winds and the sea, and they obey him!  –William Hendricksen “Matthew” (Banner of Truth) p. 413