Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
On December 28, 1908, a devastating earthquake struck Messina, Italy, killing eighty-four thousand people. Just hours before the earthquake, local authorities passed a number of ordinances reflecting their ungodly character. In fact, the Christmas Day issue of the local paper had contained a parody actually daring God to make Himself known by sending an earthquake! And He obliged.
It is not wise to refuse the grace of God. Jesus gave such an opinion in a parable about some evil tenants (Matthew 21:33-41). They refused to give their landowner his rightful share of their harvest, even after he made numerous requests. They killed the landowner’s messengers, even his own son, in their arrogant rejection of the landowner. So the landowner rejected them and gave the vineyard to others.
Many people have the mistaken notion that God is infinitely patient, that the rejection of His offers of salvation do not offend Him. But parables such as this warn us not to reject the grace of God when it is being offered. If you have heard the offer of God’s salvation but have not responded, receive it while it is still being made.
Of all the days suitable for salvation, none is better than today.
Dr. David Jeremiah