THE STORY OF JESUS: Matthew 27:6-10
“It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” (Matthew 27:6)
It is ironic to hear the religious leaders talk about ‘against the law’.
This blood money was the money they paid to have Jesus betrayed.
Their hands are already stained, this act of ‘integrity’ won’t clean that up.
We cannot cover our misdeeds with good deeds, or bury our sin under religious obedience.
Jesus was forever challenging the religious leaders for their hypocrisy.
Their focus was on publicly obeying the laws, while practically disregarding the Law.
Following the rules, but showing little concern for the intent of these rules.
As a Jesus follower, I need to be concerned about inward integrity, not just outward duty.
There’s a big difference between a bridge that LOOKS safe, and a bridge that IS safe.
We need to be concerned about the integrity of the bridge, not just its appearance.
Jesus was not rebuking their flaws, but their refusal to admit them… pretending to be righteous.
As Jesus followers, we need to stop thinking that we are better than others, more righteous.
Instead we need to be honest, we need to admit our flaws, we need to be willing to change.
Our hope is in God’s grace, not in our supposed obedience to the law… He sees right through that.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, You know my structural flaws, You know where I lack integrity. Help me to grow towards greater honesty and greater integrity!