“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. “Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. Luke 6:24-26
This sounds really bad for anyone who has money, is well fed, happy and well liked. If we take what is written in today’s verses it would seem that a lot of us are in trouble. Once again we need to look back at the preceding verses and see that Jesus is speaking about spiritual rather than physical. He is also addressing first century Jews. As we read the New Testament we realize that the Jewish religion was not what God had intended. It had become big business and the priests and Pharisees had a cozy relationship with the Romans
Further we will see that the Pharisees were making sure everyone knew how pious they were and what good Jews they were. They expected to sit at the favored place at banquets and made great show of their piety by wearing the largest tefillin or phylacteries, which are small leather boxes that contain verses from the Torah, and made sure everyone, knew when they fasted.
Jesus ministry was to bring first the Jews and then the rest of the world back to the relationship we were meant to have with God. But too many were happy with the religion as it was now practiced. In fact they received great joy from their exalted stations. Jesus is warning them that while they may feel good no eventually when they learn the truth they missed they will morn and weep for that loss.
Unfortunately they will be joined by many down through the ages. When the final judgment comes they will then realize that they missed out on the greatest thing ever, an eternal home with God.
Have a blessed day,