By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"It is not the prostitutes and tax-collectors who find it most difficult to repent: it is the devout who feel they have no need to repent, secure in not having broken rules.
Pharisees invest heavily in extrinsic religious gestures, rituals, methods, and techniques, breeding allegedly holy people who are judgmental, mechanical, lifeless, and as intolerant of others as they are of themselves ... the very opposite of holiness and love, 'the type of spiritual people, who, conscious of their spirituality, then proceed to crucify the Messiah.'
Jesus did not die at the hands of muggers, rapists, or thugs. He fell into the well-scrubbed hands of deeply religious people; society's most respected members."
-Brennan Manning
Jesus's harshest words were not to the law-breakers,
But to the law-makers and the law-abiders.
The religiously conceited and condemning Pharisees repulsed the heart of the Redeemer.
The religious elite who utilized His word as a billy-club and positioning mechanism; these drew the rebuke and intense anger of the compassionate Healer and Holy Redeemer.
Study the harshest words uttered by Christ in the Scripture and reflect on what and who they are spoken to.
Make that your Sunday study.
Do not fear your brokenness, nakedness, or sinfulness, dear reader.
Come as you are with all your sin, uncertainty, doubt, and hesitation;
Come with all your fearfulness and a truthful resignation of who you know yourself to be.
 Come with an earnest, expectant readiness to accept all that Christ has graciously done "for" you for He will most surely receive you.
The worse your condition,
The more beautiful and intimate Christ's hold will have upon you.

Jesus loves you.
Jesus died for you.
Jesus suffered for you.
Jesus broke the bands of legalism, dead religion, and Pharisaical conquest, and put to death once and for all the stranglehold of condemnation in order to bring life to those impaired by sin's realities.
Refuse to dwell beneath the roof of those who speak and act to the contrary.
Receive the care of those who dwell in the certainty and compassion of the blessed Redeemer and those He came to die for.
Live again.
Live a life alive and "lost" in Christ.
"For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved."
John 3:17