And They Remembered His Words
Many people have excellent hearing, but they are poor listeners. We hear the words people speak to us, but do we really hear what they say? If we do not hear what they say, we will act contrary to their words. For example; one day just before dark Jesus told His disciple to get into their boat, followed by,“Let us cross over to the other side.” Luke 8:22 When a storm came upon them in the middle of the night; His disciples completely forgot what Jesus had said to them just hours before; and the fear of dying completely consumed their thoughts. Jesus rebuked them for not listening. If they had of really heard what Jesus had said to them when He told them, “Let us cross over to the other side” they would have understood they were going to set foot on the other shore and no storm large or small was going to stop them because the one who made the seas was in the boat with them.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 13:19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, (or listens closely) then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.” How about us? Are we good listeners? I would dare say in most cases the wicked one steals God’s Word which is our most valuable possession from us before we get out of our pews. How can he do this so quickly? Because we post no guards on our hearts door and leave our treasure unattended. If we will post a guard on our hearts door and keep God’s Word secure and understand God watches over His Word to perform it; His Word will be in our heart when we need it. But if we let Satan steal God’s Word out of our heart there is nothing in our heart for God to use to bring His Word to pass in our life. God does not honor the wicked one’s doubt and lies. He only honors our faith in Him, and if there is no Word in our heart for Him to act upon; we bind His hands from helping us and when God can’t help us; guess who is right there waiting to pounce on you? You got it – the wicked one.
Jesus told His disciples before His last journey to Jerusalem, “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” Luke 24:7 His disciples heard what He said just like they did when He told them to get in the boat to cross the sea, but they did not really hear what He had said. And because they weren’t really listening when He told them of His coming death; fear of dying once again set upon them like a hungry dog will a piece of raw meat; and immediately after His death they went into hiding. But, certain of the women disciples (Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary, the mother of James and the other women with them) went to the tomb on the third day and met Jesus, thinking He was the cemetery caretaker. That is until Jesus reminded them of the above scripture which tell us, “And they remembered His Words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.” Luke 24:9
Do you think Jesus ever got tired of rebuking His disciples for making the same mistake over and over again? Probably. As a minister of Jesus Christ my job is to keep preaching the Word until the congregation gets it and starts acting on it. If they don’t get it and apply it to their life; it really doesn’t matter how many great sermons I preach to them; they will not benefit from them. And when we finally get it; we are to go and share our good news with our friends just as the women disciples of Jesus did with their fellow disciples on that day. DThrash