Healthy Faith Vs. Demon Faith
Jesus started and ended His ministry shaking up the religious establishment.
Remember how He started His final week? Listen to Mark 11:1-19.
Mark 11:1-19 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; 2 and He said to them, "Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it…7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.8 And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road... 15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it a 'den of thieves.' "18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.19 When evening had come, He went out of the city. NKJV
Jesus Shook up
Religious people who felt that they had all it all together and needing nothing were shocked and angered by Christ's actions. They did not understand that God wanted right living displayed in good works from the heart not just right answers.
Right to the end of His earthly ministry Jesus was focused upon guarding the truth. The Temple was to be God's beacon of truth in a lost world, declaring the need for each person to seek substitutionary atonement. But that beacon of truth kept getting obscured. Truth was blurred by wrong teaching and evil practices; and that was unacceptable to ...
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