Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,
‘A stone which the builders rejected,
This has become the chief cornerstone;
This came about from the Lord,
And it is marvelous in our eyes’?
Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruit. And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and on whomever it falls, it will crush him.”
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them. And although they sought to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, since they considered Him to be a prophet."
God granted these leaders the ability to understand that what was just taught was indeed about them and their unbelief. They understood it and rejected it.
Many millions over the centuries have been in that place of understanding.
My Dear Reader, please think again about your relationship with Christ. Have you listened to the point that you gave your life to Jesus to be saved or have you done the same as these leaders and rejected what He's allowed your heart to understand?
All who have ever lived or will live will be without excuse before Jesus Christ in the day of Judgment. Everyone will have had an opportunity to believe what the Spirit of God has revealed to them or to reject it. Literally, as in the case of what you just read in Matthew, it's a Heaven or Hell difference in what you choose.
To go to Heaven or not to is based entirely upon you believing what the Bible says about salvation in Christ Jesus. It's about you believing and trusting in Jesus Christ alone to be saved. God didn't make it a complicated thing on purpose. In other passages we read that this plan is simple enough for a child to understand it. Adults look for unnecessary conditions and exclusions that children rightfully never consider nor look for.
Salvation in Christ Jesus is free to all who believe.
It's not about rules and regulations to receive it. It's not about getting lives fixed before receiving it. It's not about works to be done to be worthy to get it. It's not about anything we physically can do to get it. It's a choice. It's a choice of the heart, mind and soul.
As the Bible has said, if it were possible for mankind to do anything to be saved on his or her own, then Christ died needlessly. He suffered for all the sins of mankind needlessly. He took the place of everyone who ever will live needlessly.
Consider that He even died for everyone who is in Hell is also mind blowing. Their rejection of salvation did not minimize all that Jesus went through. Jesus died and arose again for all mankind.
But the right to be adopted by God is in a choice WE must make.
It's wrapped up in what we decide to do with believing it.
My Dear Reader salvation in Christ Jesus is free.
There's no conditions other than living for the one who saved you. If someone in your world right now gave their life so that you could live, you would want to honor them by truly living a life worthy of their sacrifice wouldn't you? That's what Christians are to do.
Living a life that says "Jesus is here. Come and See!"
It's God's job to work on fixing our lives. We just don't have what it takes to do it.
You have indeed been given enough information to make an informed decision about believing. A day is quickly approaching when Jesus will return and all who have believed without seeing will be taken from this world. Will you be among them or will you still be here when the judgments of the book of Revelation rain down upon mankind and this Earth?
You are the only one between you and being saved.
You are the one who needs to decide if you want to really live or not.
1 Corinthians 2:9 NASB "but just as it is written: “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HUMAN HEART, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”