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Saturday, March 5th, 2005

   For those living in the first century there was a hope that a deliver would establish a mighty empire. They looked for a Messiah who would slaughter their oppressors. They looked for another King David and a golden era. What they did not look for was someone who would bring hope to the whole world, rather only to the Jewish nation.

   When a man of peace came instead those locked into that mind set were unable to accept their error and rejected the true Messiah. These Pharisees were blinded by their stubbornness and their over inflated egos. With all their knowledge of the Bible they overlooked the passage which says, “Pride comes before a fall!” They preferred a vengeful God over a loving Savior, not considering that they too would be subject to that vengeance.

   God’s plan was not that of men for they had misinterpreted His nature. They did not see Him as the merciful God who would as John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Jesus was a healer not a destroyer, He spoke of His mission as this:

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

   This was a compassionate message of hope and real deliverance for it was a proclamation of true freedom. Jesus reached out to the whole world from the least to the greatest. He did not regard those with wealth as greater than the poor. We see His priorities in the message of the judgment day.

Matthew 25:34 Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; 36 naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink? 38 And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me.

   Today there are those who have forgotten the message of Christ and look for an angry God to smite the world. They have a perverted vision of Christianity, for they love money over mankind. These modern-day Pharisees are more concern about taxes than feeding the poor. When the day does come for them to meet the Lord it is doubtful that they will recognize Him. It is very likely the God will say to them depart from me for I never knew you.