In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, contrasts the blindness to the signs of the times of the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ day with the blindness of modern-day culture. Here are some excerpts:

Signs of the Times

“Those Pharisees and Sadducees of Christ’s day were weather-wise, just as we are. Indeed, they recited the same weather couplet that we ourselves use:

“A red sky at night is the shepherd’s delight;

 A red sky in the morning is the shepherd’s warning.”

They knew that when the evening sky was tinged with red, it meant fine weather for the morrow; whereas a red sky in the morning was a warning of an impending storm.

But they were blind to “the signs of the times.” They could not interpret the presence of Jesus Christ in their midst as the coming of God, Himself, to our planet. They could not interpret His presence as the beginning of a whole new era in man’s understanding of God and of God’s purposes for His world… It is as if He said to them, ‘In Me you are confronted with God and with God’s truth. What more could you possibly need? But you are so blind that you cannot see it.’

Look to Jesus

Jesus Christ is God’s last word to us; and if people cannot see God in Jesus and hear God’s Word to them through Jesus, then they cannot see or hear God in anything or anyone else. When we are confronted with Jesus Christ, we are confronted with God’s last and final word, and God’s ultimate appeal…”

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Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

August 23, 1992

Matthew 16:1-3

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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