Matthew 21:31-32 New International Version (NIV)
31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. Tue. September 8 - Matthew 21:31-32 A story from author Paul Zahl: A hunter was out with his friend in a field of grass. On the horizon he noticed a cloud of smoke and could hear the sound of crackling. He realized that a brush-fire was coming and they could not outrun it. The hunter began to rifle through his pockets until he found a book of matches. To his friend's amazement, he pulled out a match and struck it. He lit a small fire around the two
of them and soon they were standing in a circle of blackened earth, waiting for the
brush fire to come, which was not long. They covered their mouths with their
handkerchiefs and braced themselves. The fire came near-and swept past them. But
they were completely unhurt. Fire could not burn the place where fire had already
burned. We cannot escape the wrathful fire of God, but if we stand in the
burned-over place where God’s righteous law has already burned away then we will
not get hurt. The death of Christ is the burned-over place where tax collectors,
harlots and sinners find safety in the kingdom of God.