But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise – Matthew 22:5
Man is not much changed since the days of Adam…There are still men who answer the character given to others, in His day, by the Saviour, “They go their way, one to his farm, another to his merchandise,: making light of the glorious things of the gospel…I believe that to think lightly of Christ is a sin; and at all risks of being falsely called legalist, or free-willer, by those who are wise above what is written, I shall charge it upon you as such, for I hope I shall never belong to that class of Calvinists who do the devil’s work by excusing sinners in their sins.
These men refused to come; they went-“One to his farm, another to his merchandise,” and so made light of the messenger; and every sinner who neglects the great salvation of Jesus Christ, makes light of the gospel minister, which is no little insult in God’s esteem… Oh! to despise the gospel of the blessed God, how mad! how worse than folly! Despise the stars, and thou art a fool; despise God’s earth, with its glorious mountains, with its flowing rivers, and its fair meads, and thou art a maniac; but despise God’s gospel, and thou art ten thousand maniacs in one. Make light of that, and thou art far more foolish than he who sees no light in the sun, who beholds no fairness in the moon, and no brilliancy in the starry firmament. Trample, if you please, His lower works; but oh! remember, when you make light of the gospel, you are making light of the masterpiece of your great Creator-that which cost Him more than to create a myriad of worlds-the bloody purchase of our Saviour’s agonies. ~ C.H. Spurgeon