Tuesday, August 25, 2015

"White-Washed Tombs"

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness."  Matthew 23:27

Jesus described the scribes and Pharisees as white-washed tombs.  What did He mean by that?  They were the religious leaders of the day.  They taught the people the law.  They prayed.  They fasted.  They made converts.  They went to the temple.  So why this description?  Because it was only external.  They looked good on the outside.  They looked "godly" on the outside.  They looked "holy" to others.  They were religious.  But once the "stone" of their lives was rolled away it exposed what was on the inside-- what was in their hearts. 

Inside a tomb is death.  There is no life.  Inside a tomb is decay.  This is how their lives were.  They didn't have truth in them-- just the law.  The word of truth brings life.  The law brought death.  They didn't have the Life Giver, Jesus, in their lives.  They just had a religious formality. 

When the "stone is rolled away" from your life, when your heart is exposed, when what is really inside of you is revealed, what will it be?  Do you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind?  If so, then it is full of life-- you are not like a tomb.  If it is only surface religion-- church attendance, giving offerings, acting half way decent, etc.-- but no Jesus in there then you are like a tomb full of death.  The Bible says that the one who has the Son living inside of him has life.  But he who doesn't have the Son does not have life-- he has death instead.  If you are religious acting but don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you too are nothing more than a white-washed tomb. 

Have a great day.  When the "stone" is rolled away from your life, what will be found inside your heart?     

For further reading:
1 John 5:11-13

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