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We're Piping the Message of Pentecost to You

Matthew 11,16-17
"But where unto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, and saying: We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented."

Acts 2,2-4
"And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

Acts 2,37-38
...Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto YOU, and to YOUR children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."

"We're piping the message of Pentecost to you! Before the outpouring of his Spirit, Jesus told the people what it would be like when people hear the preaching which points them the way to eternal life.

On the one side, the children are standing there and piping a song to the other children and are persuading them to dance. But they do not want to dance, they do not want to rejoice. The gospel, the resurrection of Christ, and the possibility of being saved is the good side of the gospel, and the individual who believes and is obedient has a reason to be happy. Yes, he can even dance, for this earthly life will pass away, wilting like a flower, but with eternal life there is no end, for: Whoever believes in Him, shall never see death! Dancing is an expression of joy. But these children are dissatisfied. Therefore, the children try with a different song, with a sad song, a song of mourning, that will cause them to cry. But the others also do not want to hear this. Joy springs up when we hear about the resurrection of Jesus, and knowing that we also will resurrect when we follow Jesus. However, when we hear about the price that Jesus paid for us on the cross, then we can truly cry and mourn because it was our sins that brought him there.

However, they do not want to cry and be sorrowful. Good, now God has tried everything that He could to appeal to them to accept the gospel. Now there is really no more hope for these people.
Paul talks about the gospel: "To the one it is the savour of life unto life, and to the other the savour of death unto death." There is one category of people that will be freed from the power of this earth and their sins, they are the ones that are obedient to the gospel and have already received everlasting life. The others are those who do not want to do anything and they do not believe, just like Judas did not want to believe. The gospel is not just some fairy-tale, it is a very serious matter - it concerns your eternal life! The gospel is good news for those who obey it, and is bad news for those who reject it.

You can be sure that every sin that is not forgiven will bring a person into judgment, including yours. In Adam's case, one sin was enough to bring about his fall. How do people want to justify themselves before God, if they already now reject the gospel and the gift of God? There will no longer be any opportunity for a person to justify himself before the throne of judgment. They will say: We didn't know that. In reply we will say: We piped to you and you didn't want to dance, we sang and mourned but you didn't want to cry. That is the way it is and the way that it will be.

Peter and the apostles firstly began piping on the day of Pentecost. Those that enjoyed what they were hearing were obedient to their cry. The same pentecostal experience which took place at that time is also for YOU, right now and even this very day. (rw)

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