Summary: TEAR DOWN YOUR VEIL!
“GOD'S ONE VEIL, OUR MANY VEILS”
SERMON TEXT: MATTHEW 7: 1-5:
1. Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2. For you will be treated as you treat others.The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. 3. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4. How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye, when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5. Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
The word judge in this passage of text means to distinguish, to try, to condemn, to punish, to make conclusions, to condemn, to damn, to sentence, or to call in question. Throughout life, whether intentional or not, we all have used these negative attitudes toward others. These attitudes create a veil that prevents others from getting to the presence of God. We become the stumbling block, the road block, or the hindrances to others. In the Old Testament, you had to go through the priest to get to God's Holy presence. There was a veil that separated you from God's Holy presence. You could not go past the veil. Matthew 27:51 says: “And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.” The ripping of the veil signified that Christ, by his death, opened a way to God. We have an open way through Christ to the throne of grace, or mercy-seat now, and to the throne of glory hereafter. On the Cross, Jesus ripped the veil apart. No matter what you have done, who you done it to, where you did it, why you did it, or when you did it, our how bad you did it, you can approach the Cross without the hindrance of the veil. All are invited now to draw near to God with boldness and approach Him with confidence by faith in Jesus. A door was thrown open, and a way of life set before the whole world.
Through the Cross, God ripped up the one veil. It is gone. It will never come back. However, a new kind of veil has emerged. The veil to distinguish yourself from others. The veil to try, declare guilty, condemn, sentence, and punish others. We have replaced the Righteous Judge--God as the judge, jury, and executioner of others. We make judgmental conclusions about others. We condemn others. We damn others. We call into question others. Remember the story in the book of Acts of the beggar at the temple (The Church) gate. All of those “so called church folks” walked right by the beggar going into the church and coming out of the church. In Luke Chapter 18, Jesus tells the story of the prayer of a Pharisee and a tax collector. Listen to the judgmental attitude of the Pharisee: “ The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.” Jesus had mercy on the poor tax collector and condemned the high minded Pharisee.