Jesus is Tested – Matthew 22:15-45

The Pharisees Question Jesus

The Pharisees Question Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The gospel message has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. There is real integrity and no need for manipulation. As I journey through Matthew 22:15-45, I noticed how the Pharisees planned to trap Jesus with contradictory words thus damaging the integrity of His teachings. Jesus answers their tough questions about paying taxes and resurrection. Then the Sadducees got their chance to question Jesus. The first question was what is the greatest command?  The second was whose son is the Christ?  In each answer to their question, Jesus baffles these religious leaders with His profound knowledge and crystal-clear answers.

The truth is clear. In the book Game Plan for Life by Joe Gibbs, one of the team writers named Ravi Zacharias writes, “In real terms, the New Testament is easily the best attested ancient writing in terms of the sheer number of documents, the time span between the events and the document, and the variety of documents available to sustain or contradict it. There is nothing in ancient manuscript evidence to match such textual availability and integrity”.

This day with God, make it a part of your prayer to ask for help in your walk with Him. Be thankful for the integrity of the Gospel writings. As my pastor, Steve Ramsdell said once in a sermon message, “Christ Jesus does what He promises to do. You can find all the bones of religious leaders except for one because He has risen.”  Encourage, build up, and humbly pray for growth in the people you are around each day. Get across that no matter what happens in life, God loves them and that is all that matters.

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