“Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.” There is a strange occurrence in this journey we call life that happens, not to all, but some, and for those individuals, it is an experience that is hardly forgettable. It involves the selfish, tireless attempt on the spiritually immature, especially those with a little authority, to keep from others what they cannot or will not have. This is what explains, in part, those who seem to make it their life’s work to make other people miserable, especially if they have any perceived power over them. Quite insanely and ineffectively, the reason is that if they can not be happy, then no one will be happy. Pathetic. This explains in part why the Pharisees were the virtual enemies of the Lord and, by a matter of extension, to the whole of Christianity, and that is because when one finds the ultimate happiness in one’s relationship with Jesus, the only other response is to share and include as many people with that friendship as possible. The Pharisees and scribes were sort-of gnostics who thought they alone had all the precious knowledge necessary for happiness. Wrong again.
“With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.” Unfortunately for us on this great road, the Pharisees still sashay among us with equally morally squalid and foul attitudes of arrogance and condescending acts. But even more fortunately for us, Jesus remains in the world for us to find our way to Heaven with a fullness of mercy and compassion, which in turn, is ours to share. Find Jesus and share Jesus. This is the core of evangelization and a very happy way of life.
“No matter what has happened to you in the past or what is going on in your life right now, it has no power to keep you from having an amazingly good future if you will walk by faith in God. God loves you! He wants you to live with victory over sin so you can possess His promises for your life today!” Joyce Meyer