The Wedding of All Weddings
R.S.V.P. – Part 5
Scripture Reading: John 12:27-36
Key Verse: John 12:32
And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.
The Story of Jonah is told to us, most of us as children, focusing on the big fish that swallowed Jonah. However, the story is a revelation of God’s love for people far from Him. The city that God asked Jonah to go and preach to was a very wicked city, populated by the cruelest people on earth at the time. Jonah felt no mercy for these wicked people and didn’t really want to preach to them for fear they would repent. But in the fourth chapter of Jonah, we read these words from God: “But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?” (Jonah 4:11). What made Jonah upset was that, just as he had feared, the people of Nineveh did repent of their ways: “The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow” (Jonah 3:5). In other words, they gave their RSVP to God’s invitation to repent and be saved.
You do not know anyone as wicked as the people of Nineveh. Historians have written that they had furniture covered with human skin and that is only one example of their cruel ways. Yet God had mercy on them and wanted them to repent and turn to Him. Can we not believe that God has love for anyone and everyone that we know, no matter how sinful they seem? Yes, we see awful stuff coming from broken people in our world. However, no one is beyond the love and mercy of God. I fear some of us feel like Jonah; we want these wicked people to be punished, not saved. Let’s ask God to give us a heart of mercy, like His. Let’s remember that none of us deserve to be forgiven and brought into God’s family.
Father, thanks for loving broken people. In Jesus’ Name, amen.