Last week, we saw that there were those who responded to the message of John the Baptist by pressing with holy violence into the Kingdom.

Now, Jesus turns to consider those who did not respond in this way. We see that those who reject the Truth often do it on the basis of faults they find in the messenger. Yet Jesus points out that no matter who the messenger is, such people will reject the message - the problem is with their hearts, which are hardened and hate the Truth.

But despite this, there were those whose lives were transformed by the Truth and so bore testimony to its truthfulness - they vindicated the Truth as a result.

We are challenged to examine our own hearts - are we among those who reject the Truth and blame the messenger, or among those who are transformed by the message and so vindicate the Truth of God?

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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