29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started! Matthew 23:29-32
Jesus again called out the hypocrisy of honoring the prophets and the righteous by building great monuments but ignoring their teaching.
Shortly after he said these words, they would prove His point is a big way.
You can hear the anger and frustration in His words. These were people who knew the law seven ways to Sunday but didn’t practice it.
They were wealthy but very impoverished in spirit.
What did they think about this man as He preached against them? Did they even consider His words or did they get hung up on Him being a lowly carpenter who didn’t understand the law the way they did?
Jesus would soon meet His demise at the hands of these rulers. This might have been the speech that put them over the edge.
Jesus was one man. He was bold, daring, and calculated.
He knew where He had come from.
He knew what He was doing.
He knew who He was.
And He, of course, knew where He was going.
Today’s a new day for all of us. With the possible exception of the third point above, this applies to all of us.
We should be confident in our position in Christ.
We are seated with Christ in God. Ephesians 2:6
We are co-heirs with Christ. Romans 8:17
Tomorrow may be a terrible day in our lives but we know where we are going. No one can take that away from us.
We know whose we are.
Glory to God.