|Tissot - Curses Against The Pharisees|
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. --Mary's Song (Luke 1:53)
He raises the dead. "Wrong hometown." He gives sight to the blind. "Wrong day." He teaches about the Kingdom of Heaven with authority. "Wrong disciples." He drives out demons. "He didn't wash before the meal."
Throughout this study, the recorders of Jesus' ministry tell us over and over again that for every light there is a shadow. Jesus would do something miraculous and the religious leaders would have an astoundingly callous reaction.
According to Paul, we are to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling". This world is broken. Our world is full of fear, death and injustice. Jesus makes it quite clear in his teachings that we either allow him to empower us to be part of the solution or we are part of the problem.
In these "Woes to the Pharisees", we can humbly determine whether we are part of the solution or part of the problem: