John 18:28

Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.

Think with me about this story as it unfolds…

  • It was Passover time
  • The priests had “ceremonialy” prepared for the feast which meant that no leaven could be found in their homes and the lamb was ready to be killed.
  • They were trying Jesus in their illegal proceedings and they would not as good, clean, ceremonial priests enter into a Gentile dwelling and risk contamination.

So, what does this have to do with our modern, every day Christianity?

  • First, note that their focus was on the exterior. They wanted to impress others and not break any of the rituals or ceremonial laws associated with the Passover feast. Hey, Christians, there is nothing wrong with having a good exterior that shows people our love for the Savior—but, Jesus is more concerned with our heart…what we REALLY are! Let’s stop being fake and superficial—be real & authentic in your faith.
  • Second, note that they would not go into this Gentile dwelling for fear of ceremonial contamination….YET, at the same time they were plotting murder! The height of hypocrisy! You know, sometimes the things we allow to go on in our lives (although not personally involved) can still be detrimental to our faith.

What is your focus in living for Jesus?

Do you say one thing, and do another?

Have you become “ok” with sin in your life?

So, what’s the take away from this story about betrayal, fake living, and hypocrisy?

Don’t be fake in your Christianity! Own it. Live it. Be authentic. Nurture your heart for God.

PREACHING

Pastor Jason Stoeber

Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church.

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