by Jerry Vines

A New Look At Sin
Jerry Vines
Matthew 15:1-20

The setting of these verses of Scripture is the visit which the scribes and the Pharisees, from Jerusalem, make to see the Lord Jesus Christ. You've got to remember that these are the big shots from headquarters. They are the heavy hitters of the religious world. These are the men who were the movers and the shakers of the religious community in the day of the Lord Jesus. You may be very sure that this is not just a friendly call. They are disturbed by what they have heard that Jesus is teaching and they are coming down to examine Him and inter-agate Him foor themselves. Their purpose is to be on a truth mission (so to speak). In other words, they're going to find out the story by first hand observation. As Jesus went through His ministry he had more problems from religious people than from any other kind of people. In fact, many times when Jesus was in the presence of sinners they were much more respectable and open to Him than were the people who are supposedly expecting Rim to come. It was the religious leaders who ultimately made the decision that brought Jesus Christ to die on the cruel cross of Calvary, outside the City of Jerusalem.

I don't know how long you've been trying to live for the Lord or how long you've been a Christian but if you've lived very long as a Christian I think you will understand that you will have more difficulty from the religious crowd than from any other crowd. It is still the same today. Those who make religion an outward matter and not an inward experience will always be disturbed by those whose experience with God is real, deeply personal, and an inward matter.

The conversation that Jesus has with these religious leaders is important because it gives us a new look at sin. By the use of the word sin I am bringing up something that has almost been dropped out of our vocabulary in this day. The whole subject of sin has been so minimized in our society today that it is very dif ...

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