The First Woe

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. Matthew 23:13-14

In the first of a series of woes to the religious leaders, Jesus points out that they would not be entering the kingdom of heaven and prevent others from doing the same.

I’m certain they thought they were first in line for heaven and that God Himself would roll out the red carpet.

This is the kind of confrontational Jesus we don’t hear about often. He was also doing it in front of His disciples to show them how it was done.

When the Son of God tells you that you won’t be in heaven, that’s a serious thing. John the Baptist was equally as poignant and look where it got him!

Earlier Jesus told His disciples that they would be handed over to the rulers and God would give them the words they needed to say (Matthew 10:19).

Most of us don’t expect to stand in front of leaders to be held accountable for what we’ve said on behalf of the Gospel.

We find ourselves ten days before a Presidential election. Things could drastically change depending on who is in or who gets in. The House, 1/3 of the Senate, and the Presidency are at stake. Antifa has threatened violence regardless of who wins.

There’s a lot going on in this country. As Christians, we need to be in constant prayer over what we say, who we support, and the activities surrounding this election.

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