The Danger of Religion Without Jesus

But what think ye?  A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.  He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.  And he came to the second, and said likewise.  And he answered and said, I go, sire: and went not.  Whether of them twain did the will of his father?  They say unto him, The first.  Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.  For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Matthew 21:28-32

Jesus is talking here to the chief priests and warns them that the “publicans and harlots” have a better chance of entering the kingdom of God than they do.  The reason?  They are rejecting Him.  The chief priests and elders were dedicated to their religion, but they did not have Jesus Christ.  They rejected Him.  You find that the publicans and harlots, the “hardened sinners” were the ones who accepted Him.

Today, there are many people who are dedicated to their “religion.”  In fact, we may have more “religion” now than we have ever have.  But, sadly, most of that “religion” is lacking the one thing that is desperately needed: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Without Him, our religions are hollow and vain, just like that of these chief priests and elders.

The chief priests and elders had all of the religion in the world.  But they didn’t have Jesus Christ.  There is a vital difference.  They would not enter the kingdom of God, while those who accepted Jesus would.  Let us make sure that what we have is a relationship with the Lord and not just a hollow, formal shell of religion.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben, for reminding us of the importance of a relationship with Jesus! God bless you as you deepen yours today!


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