Be Ready for Christ’s Return (Matt. 24:12-14)

Jesus listed a lot of things that were going to happen, and we can witness that some have already happened in our present time. There were things for them to observe and understand as the time of His return draws closer.

But it is not the exact time that Jesus wanted the disciples to understand. Rather, it was their response of being ready when He comes.

There were two areas that Jesus said His disciples were to be watchful of: things that would happen around them, and things that would happen within them.

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Hide Me Behind Your Cross (Matt. 23:1-7)

In this passage, Jesus warns the crowds and His disciples against religious hypocrisy.
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees were primarily religious leaders for everyday life. Jesus told the crowds and His disciples to carefully obey their teaching about the Scripture itself.
But He also told them not to do what they do, because those same men did not practice what they preached (v.3), they are pretending, the same meaning of the Greek term, hipokrites. (Matthew 23:13).

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Compassion Compels Change (Matthew 15:32-39)

Compassion compelled Jesus to do something about the situation. In the previous chapter, we have the account of Jesus feeding the five thousand at Bethsaida by the Sea of Galilee, where the crowd were mostly Jews.

Here, however, the crowd comprised Jews and Gentiles (Mark 7: 31), and gives the location of the event as having occurred in “the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.” Jesus was now in Gentile territory and yet He, a Jew, brought healing and deliverance to them all without regard of creed and colour.

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