You know you’ve stepped in it when you thought you could get away with being critical of Jesus. Imagine being the Pharisee that invited him into his home. The Pharisee was astonished that he didn’t wash before the meal. It tickles me to think that he thought he could disrespect him, and not expect the witty truth as a comeback. Our brilliant Savior called them dirty dishes; clean on the outside, but full of greed and wickedness on the inside. He didn’t stop at that, he continued to point out their faults, calling them unmarked graves that people walk over without knowing. Then the lawyers also felt insulted by what he was saying; and he blasted them too!
We all want to think of Jesus as being timid, and easy going, but that is far from the truth. He had no problem defending himself. He stood up for what was right and gave us a good example to follow. He didn’t care if it was “politically correct;” he spoke his mind and shut them down! Our King is not passive! He is a warrior, bold, and strong!
Know this, those who are coming against us, now that it’s open season on Christians, will have their day in court, standing before Jesus. I wouldn’t want to be them.
And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? Luke 11:39-40