{Matthew 23:27-28; NLT}

“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

“God’s warning to man was that if he ate of the forbidden fruit, he would surely die. Adam and Eve did eat of the the tree, but there was no apparent death at the moment. I think we often assume God was speaking metaphorically. Yet what we find throughout the Scripture is that in the most important way we truly did die. We are now dead in our trespasses and sins. We are in a sense even dead to life. We merely exist and think we are alive. We have traded the authentic for the imitation. Human history can be summarized as a desperate search for life. We look for it everywhere and in everything. We pursue wealth, power, success, pleasure, and endless experiences just to feel alive. Yet with all that we gain, there is always the inescapable stench of death all around us. Even if we gain the whole world, we die with our souls empty and hollow.”

Erwin McManus, Uprising, (pp. 5-6)

Questions to consider:

  • What did Jesus mean when he called the Pharisees whitewashed tombs? How does that description apply people apart from Jesus?
  • How are people dead to life? How does Jesus breathe life back into our lives?
  • Why do the things many people pursue fail to give them life?

 

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