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Matthew 23:29-32 (01.08.19)

Matthew 23:29-32 NIV
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. [30] And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ [31] So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. [32] Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!

As Jesus approaches Jerusalem and the Cross, there is the sense that all the brokenness, wickedness and corruption of humanity is being drawn into one place. Unlike the Pharisees of his day who he accused of only being in it for the praise, Jesus takes on himself all this sinfulness in an act of supreme service and sacrifice, so that it may be dealt with.

Thank you Jesus that you took my selfishness, cruelty and thoughtlessness on yourself and dealt with it, so that I might be set free from it. Help me to use my freedom for you in response.

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