by Ken Trivette

The Tragedy of Saying No to Jesus
Ken D. Trivette
Matthew 22:1-10

1. A number of years ago, a man named Clint Westcott had been sought after for ten years when two California newspapermen succeeded in locating him. He was now a bearded, ragged old man, sleeping "out" with others like himself, existing on what they could "beg, borrow and steal."

In Westcott's early days he had worked hard but later when things got tough, one day he walked off and had never been heard from. A foreclosure on his property followed, and at a sale his assets brought over $15,000. This was banked to his credit and with interest it had grown to about $20,000.

A state-appointed attorney requested the newspapermen to deliver a copy of his bank credit and inform him of his fortune. Off they went to the den where they talked with "One-eyed Jack," "Big Swede," "Lacey" and Westcott, known as "Whiskers." They told Wescott about the money that he had in the bank.

On hearing the news, poor Westcott tried to impress the newsmen that he was having a happy life. "Hah," said he, "I'm rich" and to prove it he pulled out and counted 44 cents. "One of these days I'll get out of the bottom, but I'm not ready now."

The newspapermen said, "Here, Clint, is the letter. Open it and read what you should do." He continued to sternly refuse saying, "I don't want any part of it, I can't, I'm not ready for it." Finally the newsmen left with the good news unaccepted and refused.

2. Sunday after Sunday, service after service, there are those who reject the Good News that is brought to them. Time after time, person after person, says no to what Jesus can do for them.

4. One day King Edward VIII of England, concerned about social conditions, decided to visit some of the homes in the slum section on the water front. He stopped at a house and knocked on the door. A gruff voice said, "Who is it?" The king said, "I am your king. May I come in?" Thinking it was a joke, the man refused to open the ...

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