I AM Jesus. During My earthly ministry, My greatest frustration was dealing with the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. It was the religious leaders, bound by a religious spirit who opposed My ministry the most. In My sermon on the mount, I said to the people, "Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:20.) It was the religious leaders who accused Me of blasphemy. (Matthew 9:3.) It was the religious leaders who transgressed the commandment of God because of their traditions. (Matthew 15:1-3.) The religious leaders actually rejected the will of God for themselves. (Luke 7:30.) It was the religious leaders who eventually persuaded Pilate to crucify Me. (John 19:6.)
If I were to physically come to earth again right now, how do you think I would be received by people? Would I be accepted, valued, and honored as the Son of God, or would I be rejected, scorned, and cast away? Would I eventually be killed in your day, as I was in My day? Stop and think for a moment, and really consider, if I was physically on the earth right now, would you be My disciple, or would you be a religious leader and not even know it?
20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”
1 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.
6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”
Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”