Simply put, the crowds were growing, and Jesus was becoming a circus act, People were hoping for a miracle meal or they wanted another cool healing or sign. The Lord could see the hearts of the crowd shifting from a desire to know God to a desire to be entertained. Within the crowd were some believers, some critics, and many thrill seekers. Jesus could see the shift and knew that His popularity was not a good thing. It made Him sad. He told His faithful ones to check their hearts. If they are full of light, then allow that light to shine. If they are full of darkness, then allow that darkness to be replaced with God’s light.
2000 years later, little has changed. Many that seek God are still looking to be entertained. The church better have the bells and whistles in sermon and worship, or they will go someplace else. If the pastor is not a brilliant speaker and entertainer, then let’s find another. Many have lost sight of the fact that church is a community where we encourage each other and build each other up. The shepherd leads, but everyone ministers. We follow the Lord to prepare for a life of selfless service. Not to purchase fire insurance or to be entertained. Our daily lives should act as a spotlight pointing on God’s grace and greatness, not on our piety or spirituality. Jesus was God, not a Rockstar. We are called to follow His lead and to glorify the Father.
God Bless You
29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.
The Lamp of the Body
33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy,[g] your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy,[h] your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”