Jesus celebrates Passover with His disciples and introduces a whole new way for us to relate to God - through the New Covenant.
In Christianity, it’s easy to think that just because we’re going to church, reading our Bibles, participating in community and even believing and saying the right things about God that we’re being faithful and that we are right with God. But this week’s passage reveals that proximity to Jesus, does not guarantee faithfulness or salvation.
Trusting and following Jesus is vital to the Christian’s walk and faith. But this world is full of distraction and temptation that is intended to keep us from doing so. Therefore, Jesus' words here are meant to serve as a reminder to keep our eyes on Him. For He alone is the only one who can save us, redeem us, restore us, protect us, defend us and keep us safe and secure until the end! Therefore, Jesus is telling His disciples over and over to be on guard and stay awake so that they’re not led astray from trusting and following Him.
The scribes who have tried to trap Jesus since the beginning of His earthly ministry have been silenced and dare not ask any more questions. The Teacher now turns the tables and questions the students to expose their ignorance of the Scriptures. The He exposes their hypocrisy and evil deeds. Jesus promises that the religious system of that day will crumble and be destroyed as He is going to the cross in a few days, to set the captives free!
The Greatest Commandment is not meant to inspire us, it’s meant to crush us. In this, we’re reminded that only Jesus can fulfill the law of God’s commands and that the only way to live as God intended us to is through God’s Spirit alive in us!
The ultimate answer to LIFE now and forever more is not found in being right, doing right or even being convinced of the right thing. No, REAL and ETERNAL LIFE along with TRUE and LIVING HOPE is found in the RESSURECTED LIFE OF JESUS. The empty tomb verifies all of Jesus’ teachings and His ultimate authority regarding life and death.
Religious leaders try to trap Jesus with a public question. Jesus demonstrates that he holds all knowledge. He also shows that he is focused on His Father and not on the religious or political standard.
We must embrace the reality that even as Christians, we are susceptible to the deceit of sin in our daily lives and consequently prone to spiritual blindness. Spiritual blindness leads to narcissism, self-reliance, isolation and a false gospel, none of which have the power to save.
Forgiveness embodies the very nature and character of God, therefore when a person has been truly saved, rescued, redeemed and restored through their forgiveness of sin and new life in Christ, they will have a desire and God-given ability to forgive others.
The Triumphant Entrance, The Temple and The Tree: The only way to get all we long for, desire and crave is to identify, turn over, curse, abandon and leave for dead all other fruitless and incomplete ways and trust in another way.