“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20). It is hard to capture the shock that Jesus’ disciples must have felt when Jesus said the words in the verse above. The Pharisees had the reputation as the most righteous of all people. But Jesus was not trying to make his disciples into very religious people. He was teaching his disciples how true righteousness changes hearts. Jesus teaches us a better righteousness.
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Tommy Gore 02-07-2016