Jesus warned his disciples against the teachers of the law or the scribes and the pharisees.
Its interesting to note that Jesus never said, "be on your guard against drunkards, or be on your guard against prostitutes." But he said, "be on your guard against the teachers of the law..." Luke 20:46.
Of course Jesus did not agree with the actions of drunkards and prostitutes. But the greatest threat according to Jesus for his disciples are the teachers of the law who live for other people's eyes. They follow all their spiritual disciples just to impress everyone around them. So Jesus warns us against such people.
Even in the sermon the mount, Jesus explains the motives of the pharisees.
They gave so that people would see and praise them..."They do it so that people will praise them.." Matt 6:2
They prayed so that everyone will see them...." ...so that everyone will see them" Matt 6:5
They fasted in such a way that everyone will see them..".....so that everyone will see them" Matt 6:16
They did the right things with the wrong motives. They were concerned about what others would think about them.
This can be so true of our spiritual life. Many a time, all we want is everyone should see us.
In all three instance Jesus says, let the Father's eyes alone see you. Pray, fast and give and let only your Father see you. Pharisees said "everyone", But Jesus says, "Only One". Whose eyes are we working for? Let us work for the audience of One! Don't get carried away by the likes, comments, and the thumbs ups. We work for God and wait to hear him say, "Well done".
I am really tired of watching Christian ministers who have
"become" a celebrity. They are all over the place.
One of the distinguished marks of these celebrities is that they are
inaccessible. No one can reach them. They can be seen only on the stage. They
are busy "Men/Women of God". They behave as if God must be really
indebted to have them on his team.
They love prominent places and popularity is a drug for them.
died as he lived--opposed to "idolatry" or "celebrity." His
body was put in white sheet, plain cedarwood coffin, unmarked common pit.
He took pains to fade as namelessly from this world as he could. He
requested burial in an unmarked grave hoping to prevent pilgrims.
In one of the last commentaries he wrote, he commented on the death and
burial of Moses, "It is good that famous men should be buried in unmarked
He wanted His God to be famous!
William Carey, the great missionary to India, who is also called ” The
Father of Modern Missions” said, “ remember not Carey, remember Carey’s Lord.”.
John the Baptist said, “HE must increase i must decrease” (John 3;30) John
the Baptist’s ministry ended as Jesus took over. The problem now is Many “men
of God” don’t allow Jesus to take over!
I guess God must also be tired of the celebrity culture within the church.
May God save the church from the Cult of Celebrity.
Leviticus is a book full of offerings and sacrifices. These sacrifices has three elements.
1.The one who offers
In Jesus, we have all these three.
1. who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. - Titus 2:14
He is the one who offers himself. No one took his life from him but he offered it for us.
By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
- Hebrews 10:10
He is not only the one who offers but he is our offering.
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God... Hebrews 4:14, 15
He is also our Great High Priest who represents us .
Time and again when sacrifices were made during the OT, they were affirming the one who would come. Lets praise him and be thankful for the grace of the one who offers, one who is our offering and one who is our great high priest.
After resurrection, when two disciples were walking to Emmaus not knowing that Jesus had risen. Jesus joins them on the road and starts a conversation.He asks them the reason for their sadness and they tell that He is dead. :)
And Jesus calls them foolish and slow of heart. Then he explains the whole scriptures to them.
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in ALL the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. - Luke 24: 27 In other words, Jesus wanted them to understand that the whole scriptures (the old testament was about Him). The reason they were sad is that they did not understand the scripture in the light of Jesus. And in verse 44, he says all that was written in Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me are fulfilled. That's how Jesus taught his disciples to read the bible. The key to open the old testament was Jesus.
In John 5:39, Jesus says, all scriptures point to ME.
Before Jesus entered this earth as a human, he was already there. Christ was there B.C (Before Christ). :) Not only some part of the bible but the whole bible is about Jesus.
Try studying the old testament in the light of Jesus and you would make the connections and know Him more. and may be your hearts would start to burn as you learn.
Have you ever wondered how would God look like? How would he think? What would make him joyful and what would make him sad? What would anger him?
Well, you don't have keep guessing. In Colossians 1:15 says Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God.
When you look closely at Jesus, you would know God. Jesus came to show how God would like.
Once Philip asked, “Jesus, can you show us the Father?" and Jesus replied, "If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.”
In Jesus, we have a face for God.
Start seeing Jesus. Read about Jesus in the gospels. Talk about him to your friends. What you see in Jesus is the exact and correct representation of God.
Here are a few more verses:
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself[a] purged our[b] sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, - Hebrew 1:1-3