Devotional – Matthew 23

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.

There are many who only portray Jesus as meek and mild. They only see Jesus from one perspective and in so doing have distorted the full revelation that the Scriptures say about Christ. In Matthew 23 we have Jesus’ last public sermon and the one who showed grace and mercy to the weak and downtrodden is the same Jesus who declared eight woes of condemnation on the scribes and Pharisees. As we read through the gospel accounts about the life and ministry of Christ we must be mindful to keep the full revelation of who he is and not focus merely on one point or perspective. We should be cautious that we don’t over emphasize his love, grace and mercy without also understanding his holiness and righteousness. When we view Christ rightly we will believe in the right Savior, but when we distort what the Bible says about who Jesus is we run the risk of actually believing in a god of our own making that we call Jesus and that’s a risk we don’t want to take, so make sure you understand the multifaceted nature of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let me add, if I may, a book recommendation to help you in this area: “The Jesus You Can’t Ignore” by John MacArthur.

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