The Future Is As Bright As The Promises Of God

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 (NASB)
We who profess to be children of God, born of His Spirit and washed in His blood, should display the humility of Christ in our daily lives. But meekness and humility must not be mistaken for lack of conviction and character.
Jesus spoke out against religious hypocrisy in language so burning, so full of fire and scorching denunciation, as can be found nowhere except in the twenty-third chapter of Matthew. The only people He could not get along with were the scribes, Pharisees, chief priest, and elders. He denounced them as “whitewashed tombs”–clean on the outside, but full of dead men’s bones and corruption within. The compassionate, meek, humble Christ used language that fell with tremendous, powerful vibrations of indignation as He pronounced woes upon the religious pretenders of His day. Again and again He cried out, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” He called them “serpents” and “generation of vipers.” The hardest sermons this world has ever heard were preached by the humble, loving, tender Son of God. “No man ever spoke like this Man”–wonderful words of life, words that could bring sight to the blind, cleansing to the leper, life to the dead–and yet “no man ever spoke like this Man” against religious hypocrisy–“blind guides leading the blind.” No other man would dare preach as Jesus preached.

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