Christ’s greatest enemies


Who were His greatest enemies? The Romans? No. In fact they did their best to have nothing to do with Him. The common folk? No. For it was the common people that accepted Him for what He said He was for the most part, even though they had doubt and questions as all do that are not fully informed.
Then who, who could it be that were Christ’s greatest enemies?
The answer is the Pharisees, but why? This is where it gets complicated.
The main layer that caused the Pharisees to be the enemy of Jesus was that they saw themselves as the only avenue into the site of God. Throughout the centuries they added little things that were not written down within the Bible. They made rituals and even how to dress and worship the only “true” way to seeks God’s blessing and reward. Simply they themselves made it so when people looked upon them they would see a god.
Mark 7:1 – One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. 2 They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating. 3 (The Jews, especially the Pharisees, do not eat until they have poured water over their cupped hands, as required by their ancient traditions. 4 Similarly, they don’t eat anything from the market until they immerse their hands in water. This is but one of many traditions they have clung to—such as their ceremonial washing of cups, pitchers, and kettles.)
5 So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, “Why don’t your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony.”
6 Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,
‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
7 Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’
8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”
9 Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. 10 For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ 11 But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ 12 In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents. 13 And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition. And this is only one example among many others.”
The Pharisees were His enemy because He was taking their authority away from them and returning it to the true place where that authority belong in the hands of God.
Matthew 15:12 – Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?”
13 Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted, 14 so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”
Jesus said this in front of the Pharisees. This challenged their egos which He knew it would and would ultimately lead to the cross. For by this time He had started to teach to those that came to hear Him in parables.
He did this because they had already rejected Him as their true king even though that is exactly what He is.
This same mentality is extremely prevalent in today’s society, but it is not coming from Israel, but from those that arose after His crucifixion. It is coming from Christianity. It is coming from those that have become a reflection of not Christ, but of the Pharisees.
“You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,
‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’
For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”
These words spoken by Jesus Christ nearly two thousand years ago are now befitting most that profess to be “Christian.”
It is time for Christendom to awaken from its slumber before they find themselves standing here upon the earth the moment that Christ calls those that are loyal unto Him into heaven. The day that is called the Rapture.

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