Jesus’ Verdict on the World
Jesus enters Jerusalem. Crowds, leaders and rulers all have an opinion of Jesus. All deliver a verdict on Jesus. But it is not their verdict that counts: it is Jesus' verdict on them and on the world that counts, because He is the Christ, God's King who comes with the full authority of God.
What is Jesus' verdict on the world? On us? How then should we respond?
Jesus, sent by God, the cornerstone for life and peace, is rejected by the habitual spiritually blind leaders of Israel. Readers are warned against the fatal danger of habitual rejection and to grow faith and conviction in Jesus as the One who alone gives life and peace.
The Verdict of the Proud
Jesus is God’s Messiah who will one day place all opposition under His feet. Therefore, heed the warning of the fatal danger of questioning Jesus in a way that doesn’t want answers. This passage calls people to have ears to hear his call to give God what is God’s.
Verdict on Corrupt Religion
Corrupt religion and leadership fails to see Jesus as Lord and seeks gain for self. The condemnation on Israel’s leadership for their corrupt religion is deserved. Not only are they not all-in for Jesus, they are wholly set against Jesus, and lead those who follow them into destruction. God’s people must be wary of false teachers and leaders like this, and instead look to Jesus as our true Lord, the One who fulfils true religion and leadership.
Disciples of Christ must know the signs to (and not to) look out for to know when the end, the final judgement, will come. Disciples of Christ are to be assured, informed, prepared and endure as we live in light of the end.
The World's Sentence
The end of the world comes with clear and comprehensive signs which signal the certain coming of the Son of Man in supreme power and great glory. Believers, therefore, are to eagerly look forward to the redemption and kingdom that will come, doing everything necessary to hold onto Jesus and so stand with Him when He comes in judgement.