In Matthew 23, Jesus is admonishing the religious teachers of his day. In several of the verses he rails against the Pharisees and the teachers of religious law, and in verses 27 and 28 he says, “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs–beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead peoples bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
The last verse above is quite a warning to all of us to make sure that our insides match our outsides. Jesus makes clear in these verses that he is not being a critic of the religious laws of the day or the scriptures that the Pharisees were taking their instruction from; on the contrary, he criticizes them because they do not practice what they preach.
It is the inside of our hearts that God and Christ most care about; the center of Jesus’ teachings are about love, and his own great love is what enabled him to come here and suffer so greatly in order to bring to us the message of spiritual Salvation. He tells us in the Gospels to love God with all our hearts, and to love our neighbor as ourselves
When I interacted with Christ as the consciousness of the sun while using a legal substance, I was literally bathed in his radiance and love, and I felt a peace that I had never felt before in my life. I understood how it was that he came here and faced such intense suffering, because his love for us is so strong that his desire to see us all join him in heaven superseded any fear he might have about facing his coming persecution.
Jesus and God want us to live our lives as a testimony to this love, and to act out of love for others as much as we can. In this way, we reflect the deep and abiding love that Jesus has for all of us, and draw others to the promise of Salvation that Jesus brought to earth. He wants our hearts to match our outward behavior, unlike the religious teachers that he is criticizing. Being in the presence of Christ is a feeling of love that almost defies description, and when we allow him into our hearts we can feel connected with this love at all times. Having this connection will allow us to act out of love for other people, and to represent his unfathomably deep unconditional love to everyone we interact with.
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