On Again, Off Again (Matthew 27:22)


People are often fickle and shortsighted in their response leaders. In 1989 when President Bush didn’t immediately counter Mikhail Gorbachev’s disarmament proposals with a bold recommendation of his own, newsmen called him inept. But a little later President Bush’s proposals during a visit to West Germany evoke their praise.

Jesus encountered shifts in popularity too. When He rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy (9:9), people hailed Him enthusiastically as their Messiah. But a few days later, many of them were shouting, “Crucify Him!”

This wavering response to Christ is still with us today. Many people “believe” on Him when something good happens right after they pray. But when misfortune comes, or their prayers don’t bring immediate change, their “faith” evaporates.

Christ doesn’t guarantee instant good fortune. He came to save us from our sins, to develop His character in us, and to provide for us an eternal home in heaven with Him.

If you’ve been indecisive in your response to Christ, repent of your sins, confess your helplessness to save yourself, and put your trust in Him. This is true faith that puts an end to on-again-off-again loyalty. – Herbert Vander Lugt

What fickle hearts we mortals have,

Who laud the blessed Son of Man

Then quickly turn aside from Him,

Too blind to see God’s larger plan! – D. J. De Haan

A person who is almost persuaded is still completely lost.

  • April 8, 1990, Our  Daily Bread

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