Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” – Matthew 24:4-5 (NIV)
Taught during the last week of His life, Jesus was giving His followers some strong boundaries so that they would not fall away after He was gone. Here he talks of people who say that they are the Christ (“anointed one”). Notice the word that Jesus uses – deceive. To be deceived is to not know the difference between the truth and a falsehood – they both look the same. In a time when many are saying, “I am God’s anointed now.”, Jesus explicitly tells us that God’s anointed One is found in only one place – Jesus the Christ. Jesus is God’s final statement to humanity.
Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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