The One Great Obstacle to the Gospel

…and they would not come. – Matthew 22:3

The king had thought in his mind, “I will make a great feast, I will invite a large number. They shall enjoy all my kingdom can afford, and I shall thus show how much I love my son, and moreover all the guests will have sweet memories in connection with his marriage.” When his messengers went out to intimate to those who had received previously an express invitation that the time was come, it is written, “They would not come;” not they “could not,” but they “would not” come. Some for one reason, some for another, but without exception they would not come. Here was a very serious hindrance to the grand business. Cannot the king drag his guests to the table? Yes, but then it would not accomplish his purpose. He wants not slaves to grace his throne. Persons compelled to sit at a marriage-feast would not adorn it. What credit could it be to a king to force his subjects to feast at his table? It was essential to the dignity of the festival that the guests should come with cheerfulness, but they would not come. Why? Why would they not come? The answer shall be such as to answer another question-Why do you not come and believe in Jesus? …Ah, ye who believe not in Jesus, at the bottom of it your unbelief is enmity to your Maker, sedition against the great Ruler of the universe, who deserves your homage. “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib,” but ye know not, neither do ye consider; ye are rebels against the Majesty of heaven. The Lord have mercy upon your folly! Here is one great obstacle to the gospel, the stolid indifference of the human mind concerning this grandest of all conceptions-God’s glorifying His dear Son by having mercy upon sinners… “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” The Lord send His Spirit to make the call effectual, for His dear Son’s sake. Amen. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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