Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Matthew 26:66–68 (ESV): They answered, "He deserves death." 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, 68 saying, "Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?"
The heart of man is utterly wicked and capable of unthinkable evil. Even though born again Christians are given a new heart we still have the old one to contend with. Make sure to protect yourself by keeping your heart with all diligence lest you discover just how depraved it really is.
After Jesus was arrested He was brought to the courtyard of the high priest and tried illegally. Witnesses began to testify against Jesus falsely but their testimonies didn't match until two men claimed Jesus said He would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. The high priest called out blaspheme and they began striking, slapping, spitting, and mocking Him as the religious leaders prepared to have Him put to death.
You've heard it said, "if you want something bad enough you'll be willing to do whatever it takes to get." The depraved heart of man is willing to go extremely low to get what it wants. We need to guard our hearts against ungodly desires lest we find ourselves committing heinous acts. Christian don't think for a second your heart isn't capable of such things. Protect yourself against the depravity of the old man by keeping your heart with all diligence. It will serve you well all the days of your life, amen?
Father, we thank You for reminding us of what we are capable of. Fill us with strength and desire to keep our hearts pure and right before You lest we too fall into grievous sin. We commit our hearts to You now in Jesus' name, amen.
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