History has tamed Jesus but the New Testament writings tell a different story. Jesus was filled with emotions: joy, gladness, anger, grief.  One exchange with the Pharisees and Scribes displays the anger Jesus felt toward the way they had contaminated the religion of God’s chosen people.   At the end of seven (maybe eight) statements of judgment (Woes) Jesus seems to work himself into fever pitch and calls them a common expression of the day:

You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? Matthew 23:33 NASB

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The seven judgements he cast on them:

  1. They were making salvation difficult
  2. They corrupt converts
  3. Made minor distinction distraction (trivial pursuit)
  4. Neglecting the important
  5. Were hypocrites & Self-indulgent
  6. Were doubling down and hypocrites who were lawless
  7. They murdered true prophets (and would soon murder the supreme prophet…Jesus himself)
  8. +1 (not in early manuscripts) destroyed widows houses (or their means for living for the sake of their false religion & said long prayers to make themselves seem important

His message against the Pharisaical religion:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NASB)

Which message do you identify with more?