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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Palm Sunday Thoughts

Posted by Gary on March 31, 2007

Here are some thoughts worth pondering from J.C. Ryle commenting on this Triumphal Entry passage:

Luke 19:41-44 “When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. “For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

Now Ryle:

There seems no doubt that churches, nations, and even individuals are sometimes visited with special manifestations of God’s presence, and that their neglect of such manifestations is the turning point in their spiritual ruin. Why this should take place in some cases and not in others we cannot tell. Facts, plain facts in history and biography, appear to prove that it is so. The last day will probably show the world, that there were seasons in the lives of many who died in sin, when God drew very near to them, when conscience was peculiarly alive, when there seemed but a step between them and salvation. Those seasons will probably prove to have been what our Lord call their “day of visitation.” The neglect of such seasons will probably be at last one of the heaviest charges against their souls.

Deep as this subject is, it should teach men one practical lesson. That lesson is the immense importance of not stifling convictions, and not quenching the workings of conscience. He that resists the voice of conscience may be throwing away his last chance of salvation. That warning voice may be God’s “day of visitation.” The neglect of it may fill up the measure of man’s iniquity, and provoke God to let him alone forever. (Luke Vol. 2 p.316-17).

 

 

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2 Responses to “Palm Sunday Thoughts”
  1. Pat krehnbrink says:

    Does this quote contradict “irresistible grace?”

  2. Gary says:

    Dear Pat,

    I think not for as Jesus has told us…

    “All that the Father has given Me will come to Me” (John 6:37).

    Christ’s words to Jerusalem on this day are His general call, which goes out to all creation. His invitation makes known what all men should do, turn to Him. It is the particular call which is extended only to the elect which is bundled in irrestible grace which cannot be rejected.

    It cannot be rejected first for who can thwart what God has willed? (Job 42.:2). But there is a second reason it cannot be resisted and that is because it is irrestible, when Christ makes Himself known to someone, there heart is drawn to Him and desires Him in such a way that they do not want to resist. It is with all willingness and joy that such a person comes to Christ (Matthew 13:44).

    Does this all seem hard to understand? Well, join the rest of us. I do not believe the doctrines of grace because I can grasp them all at their deepest level, I believe them because the Scritpures reveal them to be so.

    Thank you for writing Pat and by the way…stay tuned I am going to be writing a post on irrestible grace soon. Coincidence huh? We know better.

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