Luke 11:43-44 “You’re hopeless, you Pharisees! Frauds! You love sitting at the head table at church dinners, love preening yourselves in the radiance of public flattery. Frauds! You’re just like unmarked graves: People walk over that nice, grassy surface, never suspecting the rot and corruption that is six feet under.”
These are some really alarming words Jesus speak to the Pharisees. Not familiar with who they are? Here is a definition from my google search:
Think of them as the elite religious people of Jesus day. They were disciplined, dedicated, and very smart. Just to give you an idea of how much they memorized here is some info I found on Marc La Porte site DEURPOST, “As I mentioned at the first level they learn and memorize the Torah by the age of 12. Just to give you an idea: that’s 187 chapters, or 5852 verses or 156,058 words.”
So needless to say they were not playing around with what they believed. But it doesn’t seem to be enough. Jesus doesn’t seem to think the appearance of holiness is enough.
What Jesus noticed, because He always looked deeper than someone exterior and looked to their heart, He could see that the Pharisees were not as good as they appeared.
You’ve probably seen people on T.V. and say, “surely they don’t really look that good, they must be a camera truck.” And now it’s almost common knowledge that many producers or photographers use some editing software to remove or smooth out anything that doesn’t look so good. So so people end up looking ten years younger and some end up looking ten pounds skinnier. It looks good but it’s not reality.
So Jesus is calling out the Pharisees for doing essentially the same thing – using Christian Photoshop. They have smoothed over or covered up their imperfections with religious actions. But it’s not reality. Their hearts are filled with evil that needs to be addressed but never will be because they are okay just covering it up.
Jesus says it like a grave that might look good on the outside because all the nice work that’s been don, but inside it still full of death.
So are you okay with looking the part even though you know it’s not real?
I would encourage you to put the mask down. The only person’s opinion you should really care about is Jesus and He knows the truth so why not be real and let Jesus do what He does best – forgive you, heal you, transform you, and love you on the inside and outside.