once said the more things change, the more they stay the same. It
appears contradictory, nevertheless true. Vaunted progress in most
every field of endeavor characterizes the present time, but the
universal plight, and the persistent actions of men remain unchanged.
Nowadays, good is called evil and evil is called good. Selfishness
largely rules, and the unchanging principles of time and eternity are
pushed aside for what men want right now.
It was to a similar
generation of Jesus’ day that he explained the ministry of John the
Baptist, and the subsequent kingdom of heaven. There were those who
heard him, and they with the publicans justified God being baptized
with the baptism of John. On the other hand, there were many of the
lawyers and Pharisees who rejected the counsel of God against
themselves by rejecting the baptism of John. Luke 7.
to pit the ministry of John against the ministry of Jesus. They
criticized the person of John as aloft, stoic, antisocial because he
was not given to eating bread, nor drinking wine with them. Then they
criticized Jesus because He did those things, calling Him a
gluttonous man, a winebibber, and a friend of publicans and sinners.
In short, nothing could be right in the eyes of these critics but
their own twisted formula of life. How that remains. Times have
changed, but the more they change, the more they stay the same.
summarized the generation of His earthly ministry. “They are like
unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another,
and saying, We have piped unto you and you have not danced; we have
mourned to you, and ye have not wept.” Luke 7:31-32. This is an
unchanged status quo, having multiplied exponentially.
not have the qualifications, nor any ability to call upon the
substance or perimeters of eternity. God does! Moreover, the true
churches of the Lord Jesus Christ are in covenant relationship with
Him, so they have been given the knowledge of eternity by the abiding
presence of the Holy Spirit. They have visited that dimension
vicariously, and proven their understanding by the eternal,
unchanging Word. It is they who justify God, not only being baptized
with the baptism of John, but offering the same to such as bring
forth fruit meet for repentance. With them, by God’s grace, I
stand! Trusting one’s pompous, but powerless formulations is silly.
Trusting the eternal creator of the universe is wise.