Mankind is so broken that we oppress one another on an everyday basis. Since sin entered the world, man has been corrupt. From Cain to King David to the Pharisees and especially to the present day, we are corrupt. In my opinion, the Pharisees are probably the most frustrating characters of the Bible that I have learned about. These “men of God” were suppose to be the teachers and leaders to the Israelites. Even Jesus told the crowds that “the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat” (Matt. 23:2). Instead of loving and encouraging their people, they oppressed them with excessive rules without helping them live by them. Despite the anger that burns against hypocrites like the Pharisees one fact that I heard at CBA day with the Chapel Student ministries will always amaze me: The ground is level at the foot of the cross. As pastor Travis Simone once said, “You will never come across a person in this world that Jesus did not die for.” This truth reminds me of my place in God’s Kingdom. I am no better than the beggar on street, I am no better than the Israelites who consistently turned away from God after entering the Promised Land, I am no better than the Pharisees who put their peers down. It’s very sobering to be reminded that I deserved that fate that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross. I think N.T. Wright paints a beautiful and accurate image of what occurred when Jesus sacrificed himself so that we could be saved. The author of the devotional writes, “As we go through the next four chapters of Matthew’s gospel…we are watching two different scenes: God’s judgment on his rebellious people, and Jesus standing in the way, offering to take that judgment upon himself.” How awesome is that? Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).