Jesus continued exposing the hypocrisy and short-sighted thinking of the Pharisees and those siding with them. Remember when I said that I do not want to be on the other end of a statement that Jesus begins with Woe unto you…
I also do not want to be in the company of those he might call a brood of vipers. You bunch of snakes, you forked tongue devils, you good-for-nothings--these are terms that I don’t want sent my way, especially by Jesus.
Jesus went on the explain the terrible thinking of the Pharisees. If you want to rob a strong man’s house, then you had better have enough people to tie him up or you will be the one bound and sent off to prison.
A good tree gives good fruit and it can’t give bad fruit. A bad tree can’t produce good fruit. These are not new concepts but Jesus makes direct application to the Pharisees.
How can you evil good-for-nothings think that anything you say is right or good or brings glory to God in any way?
It’s time to choose sides. You are for me or against me. If you choose the wrong side you will be scattered. You won’t prevail. It’s really your house divided against itself.
As bad as it seems to confront the Son of God, it is so much worse to reject the very Spirit of God. You are in danger of coming out on the wrong side in the judgment because you are rejecting more than the One whom God sent. You are rejecting the very Spirit of God.
For every religious person who thinks they have it all figured out but have rejected the heart of God in the process, the words of Jesus should hit home here.
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.
Here is the short version. You are with Jesus or you are against him. There is no middle ground. There is no fence-sitting. It’s for or against, and no argument of man will help you if you picked the wrong side.
What words acquit us? Jesus is Lord. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that he died as a sacrifice for our sins, that God raised him from the dead, that he is with the Father in heaven interceding for us, but the coup de grâce is our profession that Jesus is Lord.
He is more than the Son of God. He is more than Savior. He is more than redeemer. He is Lord.
In those words, we are acquitted.