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Matthew 25-26~ Day 13~ Jesus Betrayed

These Chapters are leading up to the execution of Jesus. For me, the verses become more and more difficult to read. Throughout history, people have proclaimed to be god or gods. I imagine that this took quite an ego to elevate oneself to that level while mentally knowing how limited they were as a mere person. Jesus, who is actually God, did not go around self-proclaiming that he was in fact God. Rather, he would tell his Disciples in private or ask questions from them which provoked the Disciples to come to this knowledge on their own. Even when the high priests were trying to pry this info out of Jesus’ mouth, they had to spoon feed him the words. “The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”   “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” I read th

Matthew 23-24~ Day 12~ Deception in the Church

Chapter 23 starts off by addressing the Pharisees: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” The seven woes for the teachers of the law and the Pharisees revealed two things to me. First, Jesus hates hypocrisy. We therefore, must strive to be people that honor our words. Second, Jesus has a high expectation for religious leaders and teachers. I have recently had discussions about rebuking blatant sin in other believers lives. The argument being that 1) we need to self-reflect and make sure we do not have a log in our own eye while the other has a speck in their own, but also, 2) we have been called to encourage as well as hold other Christian brothers and sisters accountable as members of the same church body. Well, there are also times that

Matthew 21-22~ Day 11~ “You have been warned“

I noticed a trend in the parables that Jesus gave in Matthew 21. In the parable of the two sons, each son was given the opportunity to obey the father. In the parable of the vineyard tenants, the tenants had several opportunities to honor the obligations that are associated with operating a business on leased land. In the parable of the wedding banquet, the initial invitees had an opportunity to come to the party but they did not attend. On the day of judgment, Jesus is going to point to the times in our lives were we had a choice to obey, honor, and accept his redeeming sacrifice. Like the characters of the parables, in hindsight it will be clear what decision should have been made. These verses make me want to be ready for these decisions and premeditate responding appropriately. Then, I will not need to reflect back and see failure but will rather here “well done good and faithful servant”! Imagine that you are standing with a loved one and someone hurls an ins