We'll take a look at Matthew 23 and 24 today. Chapter 23 is Jesus’ angry diatribe against the Pharisees and the religious leaders of the Law. His problem? They destroyed what God intended to have with the Jews: a living, personal relationship based on an eternal covenant to rules and regulations. Plus, they made a show of how well they kept the rules when, in fact, their hearts were far from God. Read Jesus’ words. He is none too pleased. What he said to them was not very “seeker-sensitive”. He was angry. They were giving a false impression of his father. Jesus’ call is for religious leaders, those who lead spiritually, to be above all HUMBLE! Verse 11: “The greatest among you must be a servant (notice the verb “MUST”). But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” THIS SHOULD BE A LIFE VERSE FOR ALL WHO SAY THEY FOLLOW JESUS!
Matthew 24 is the famous chapter about end times prophecy coming from Jesus. Two horizons need to be kept in mind as you read this chapter. First, there’s 70 A.D. That’s when the Romans plundered and destroyed Jerusalem. It’s in this chapter. Then there’s also the end times, the end of the age. As you read this chapter, try to discern when Jesus is talking about which one.
But do notice this: things like wars, rumors about wars, nation against nation, EARTHQUAKES (Haiti, Japan...) will increase in intensity and number before He returns. Jesus also says that for many it will be like the days of Noah when everyone is just living life with no concern for his return and accountability. Are you ready should he come today? Jesus tells us it will be in a time when we don’t expect it! Wow!
May God give you grace today and forever, to live faithfully for Jesus!