Monday, 17 September 2018
The Meek Jesus Error
The most famous example of Jesus' anger was recorded in Matthew 21:12 (KJV). "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,"
Jesus also told the shocked temple attendees why he did what he did in Luke 19:46 (KJV). "Saying unto them, 'It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.'"
Christ had no animus for lost sinners but the over-religious Pharisees. We see this in Mark 4:4-5 (BBE)which reads, "And he said to them, 'Is it right to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil? to give life or to put to death?' But they said nothing. And looking round on them he was angry, being sad because of their hard hearts; and he said to the man, 'Put out your hand.' And he put it out, and his hand was made well."
The harshest language our Lord used was directed against these religionists. Matthew 23:15 (KJV) says, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves."
Jesus also condemned those cities in Israel who witnessed his miracles but refused to believe he was their long-sought Messiah. Matthew 11:21 (KJV) quotes him as saying, "Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes."
The final woe was pronounced on Jerusalem itself. After Jesus tore a strip out of the wicked Pharisees, he left the temple. Matthew 24:1-2 (BBE) records, "And Jesus went out of the Temple, and on the way his disciples came to him, pointing out the buildings of the Temple. But he, answering, said to them, 'See you not all these things? truly I say to you that here there will not be one stone resting on another, which will not be pulled down.'"
In A.D. 70, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. Christ's prophecy came to pass as he foretold. When Jesus returns, as 2 Thessalonians 1:8 (KJV) records, he'll come "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:"
I hope to complete a book soon called You Think You're Going to Heaven? So many professing Christians have never surrendered themselves to Christ. Like the ones in Hebrews 6:4-6, they have sampled the goodness but haven't yielded to the Master's will. May the Lord use my book to guide them to salvation.
I hope to post about the social justice error on Thursday.