In the beginning of our passage we see that the Pharisees had missed an important detail about the Messiah - they knew He would be a descendant of David, but they seemed to have missed the fact that He would not simply be a political or military saviour, but God in the flesh! The fact that Jesus is God is what sets Christianity apart from all other religions. Our belief about who Jesus is, is crucial!
We are next reminded of the fact that holiness is not simply a matter of rules and laws, do's and don'ts. The law shows us how much we fall short of the mark and shows us our need for a Saviour. And obedience to God IS a marker of genuine faith. But actions alone are meaningless if we are rebellious on the inside. We need a new heart!
Finally, it can be scary to contemplate the negative aspects of the end times (which is really everything between Jesus's ascension and when He returns again, ie now). We have the assurance that no matter what trials may come, He will never leave us, and eventually He will bring an end to the suffering and bring justice, as well as life everlasting. We need to rest in that hope!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Matthew 25:1-46, Matthew 26:1-5, Mark 14:1-2, Luke 22:1-2, Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6, Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-20, Matthew 26:20-30, Mark 14:17-26, Luke 22:14-30, John 13:21-30