Easter – Jesus Vs The Pharisees: Born Again

So after Jesus’ crucifixion, Joseph and Nicodemus collected Jesus’ body from the cross.  Presumably they removed the nails and pealed Jesus’ corpse off the cross.  Because they were on the verge of the Sabbath, which began on Friday at sunset, we know that they worked quickly to wrap what was left of Jesus body and … Read more

Jesus Vs The Pharisees: Spiritual Blindness

Sin can severely distort reality especially if our focus in on other people’s sin.  But if we look at our own sin it honestly, clarity is possible.  That’s what happens with the woman who washes Jesus feet with her tears.  She sees her sin for what it is, meanwhile Simon, the Pharisee can’t see his … Read more

Jesus Vs The Pharisees: Evil

In Matthew 12 Jesus’ battle with the Pharisees revolves around “Evil.”  Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.  The Pharisees take the first swing suggesting that Jesus is casting out demons with demonic power.  But Jesus doesn’t lay down on this one, he fires back and exposes both the absurdity of … Read more

Jesus Vs The Pharisees: Pride

The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector is a surprising story full of plot twists and rich spiritual truths.  In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells a story that in many ways is an optical illusion.  The way things appear may not always be the way things truly are.  Jesus drew a contrast between two … Read more

Jesus Vs The Pharisees: Tradition

In Mark 7 we see Jesus and the Pharisees go toe to toe over traditions.  Some traditions can be good and some can be stuffy or empty.  The problem is that the Pharisees elevating man-made traditions ahead of God’s actual commands and as a result they have become hypocrites whose hearts are far from God.  … Read more