~Mathew 23:23 Woe unto you, … hypocrites! for ye pay tithe …, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
My life growing up was spent attending church and following my parents’ example. I followed their religion because it was the thing to do. I didn’t question it – I just did it. It was no different in Christ’s day. The Jewish religion had the same type of followers as I claimed to be.
My outer shell (my flesh and bones) had the appearance of being a religious person. But once I got around my friends or by myself, my true sinful nature came out. I think we can all say that this is true at some point in our lives. The Jewish law was a schoolmaster and, as Christ points out in today’s verse, involved judgment, mercy and faith. The New Testament covenant that Christ brought is the same: judgment, mercy and faith.
~John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
~John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
~Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
I was a hypocrite. I lived one kind of life at church – pious, self righteous, and lost as lost could be. Outside of church, I did what came naturally and that was to sin! My nature had not changed!
However, thirty years ago today, I was presented the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that I had never heard before. It did not involve anything that I could do to earn my salvation. But it did involve acknowledging that only Christ could provide that salvation because He is the One who died on the cross, paid the price for my sins, and opened the door for me to be born again! Thank You, Lord!
~John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.