“Standing in the Way of Sinners”

“In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you [teaching] in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.

Matthew 26:55

It is truly revealing when you really ponder on the Biblical fact that it was truly not the sinners Jesus sat with, nor the Gentiles who had received His words & wonders of His divine supremacy (of whom we might expect), but it was the religious ones, the “churched” ones, the teachers, the leaders, and the the elders of His day that were the culprits of crucifixion.

The church in many ways today, are like that of the temple’s congregants then, who crucify Jesus by the purposeful and intentional stifling of the moves of His Spirit. When God wants to move, He doesn’t force Himself. He comes to those who actually want and believe Him. (See Matthew 13:58)

Sadly because of this, the people in large part will miss what “could have been” when they go to feed spiritually in churches of empty “cupboards.” They themselves “stand in the way of sinners” becoming the very stumbling block Jesus warned about instead of being the launch-pad for His will and ways.

Why in the world and how can this happen?! This is the church we are talking about, right? Well, I’ve been in ministry my whole life, currently in ministry with my wife of whom the same to be said of her, and from our experience, sadly, pastors in many ways today have become drunk with power and notoriety that they end up quenching any opportunity for the Holy Spirit to truly move: in themselves or in others (especially of little to minimal ‘societally-perceived’ significance) in the body of Christ.

“For he [Pilate] knew that for envy they had delivered him.”

Matthew 27:18

A lustful envy in the church is a cancer of sorts that is deeply rooted in pride. It says, “I deserve this” or “It should be me” We find ourselves pulling others down as the momentum & leverage to climb to the “top.” This unfortunately is undoubtedly a backsliding of sorts as it depicts the church in this category. For you see, the crucifixion itself is due to our sin, and when we fall away in this manner, we are literally as was the religious ones of Jesus’ day, crucifying Him all over again.

“If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify [to themselves] the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”

Hebrews 6:6

The key of notation in Hebrews 6:6 is that we must repent after having backslid. The blood is shed, no less thanks to our rebellion, but we must receive of it in the same way we received of it when we first were born again: in humility and repentance.

The conclusion of the opening passage shows that when Christ was taken away by the very leaders that should’ve supported and celebrated Him, a devastating consequence ensued:

“…Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.”

Matthew 26:56

In conclusion, no doubt there is mercy for the humble and repentant, but there is only judgment for those who remain in their envy & pride. Today we must reflect on where each of us are and see if we are standing in the way of His Spirit to move. It’s not about us, me, or you; it’s about Jesus, for His glory! That all might come and find rest, healing, and restoration! We are His body, jointly fit together! In Jesus’ Name!

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