Text: “And a great multitude followed Him (Christ Jesus), because they saw His miracles which He did on them that were diseased.”
Good morning, faith-filled Christian! Having been given God’s wonderful gift of saving faith, you now seek to walk by that faith, and are not easily taken in by some outward show of strange ‘signs and lying wonders’! You do well, faithful friend, you do very well. The Lord is pleased with you in this day of increased apostasy and straying from the truth.
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work…and then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming; even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7)
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight)” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Our text today informs us that ‘…a great multitude followed…’ Christ Jesus, and then continues on to explain why they did so - ‘…because they saw His miracles which He did on them that were diseased.’ (V.2)
Many of the more gullible today continue to follow hard after men and women who seem to be able to put on a spectacular show of ‘…signs and lying wonders…’
How sad to see so many within Christian circles that are unable to ‘…walk by faith, not by sight…’ . Yet, it is a prophesied sign of the latter times, well predicted within the pages of Holy Scripture. Beware, sign-seekers!
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold I (Christ) have told you before. Wherefore…believe it not.” (Matthew 24:24-26)
The ‘multitude’ which followed Jesus in today’s Scripture text followed Him only in order to SEE the miraculous things that He did; the Divine healings that Christ, in His great compassion and love, did to those that were sorely afflicted by disease. Everyone loves to see a circus! Even in a church!
However, we never learn of this ‘multitude’ of sign-seekers ever coming to a saving faith in the risen Lord Jesus. Like Julius Caesar ‘they came, they saw, they…‘ went home unaffected by the Gospel message!
There is no mention of these sign-seekers ever receiving God’s gift of saving faith and, thus, finding Eternal Salvation in the Christ of God!
How often Christian Pastors, Ministers and Evangelists see thousands turning out to SEE them preach the powerful Word of God. Yet, too often, we also see a majority of such curious souls walk away from the meetings still lost in their sins. They desired to SEE the show - but when the show was over, they returned home without the Christ in their hardened hearts.
“For by grace (God’s unmerited favour) are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. For we (the saved) are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath BEFORE ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“Because strait (strict, difficult) is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life (Eternal life), and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing (look like God’s Shepherds), but inwardly they are ravening (devouringly greedy) wolves…Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:14-20)
True Pastors are called to feed God’s sheep - not financially fleece them!
Jesus said, “I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling (pay-seeking, hired hand), and not the shepherd…seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them (the silly deceived sheep), and scattereth the sheep.” (John 10:11-13)
With this vital teaching of Christ in mind therefore, let us be very careful as to the motives of our hearts when attending church meetings. Let us ask ourselves: Am I going to this meeting in order to be entertained, to SEE strange and dramatic things? Or am I going along to listen intently to the preaching and teaching of God’s Holy and Spirit-inspired Word?
Thought: Miracle-gazers are like star-gazers - when the show is over, they quickly forget the sights they have seen. Stand fast in Faith!