“JESUS’ FINAL PUBLIC SERMON“
August 13, 2017 Text: Matthew 23:13-36 pt. 2
> Jesus is either “wooing” to or “woeing” from His kingdom.
The Woes of Judgment: vv. 13-36
They prevent others from entering the Kingdom: v. 13.
They take advantage of people: v. 14.
They condemn souls rather than saving them: v. 15.
They had perverted priorities: the Temple and the things of God: vv. 16-21.
They emphasized the external to the neglect of the internal: vv. 23-24.
They lived for self-indulgence: vv. 25-26. The Pharisees lived for reputation, not character.
They contaminated everyone connected to them: vv. 27-28.
They believed themselves to be better than anyone: vv. 29-36. The holy life of Jesus exposed their artificial piety and shallow religion. Instead of coming out of the darkness, the Pharisees tried to put out the Light; and they failed.
- One must not ignore the seriousness of Jesus’ woes of judgment; they are dire in their eternal consequences.
- Recognize the priority of God’s ways and humbly accept them.
- Listen to and lean on Christ alone.
Be careful that Christ’s “wooing” of you does not turn into a “woe!”