The Concerns of Jesus

Read the Bible in a year chronologically by reading Matthew 16 today.
Are my concerns the same as the concerns of Jesus? Is my thinking in line with His? Even the apostles, men who walked with the Lord, struggled constantly with realigning their thinking. For example, on one occasion Jesus warned them of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. They thought He was rebuking them for failing to bring food to eat. He then instructed them in such a way that they might see that He was not talking about food for the body, but something else. Finally, they got it. Matthew wrote, “Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (Matthew 16:12).
Jesus was not concerned about the bread that someone sold, but He was concerned about ways of thinking, what people taught, and how people lived. The Pharisees were off on all three things, but Jesus knew that if the apostles were not careful, they would merge into Pharisaism.
This is a great danger that we must also avoid. We avoid it by not being overly concerned with matters pertaining to the body, but by having the same concerns as Jesus.

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