You might wonder what exactly is a Pharisee! A Pharisees is a Jewish group mentioned ninety-eight times in the New Testament, all but ten times in the Gospels. From whom did the Pharisees separate? From those, especially priests or clerics, who interpreted the Law differently than they? From the common people of the land (John 7:49)? All these groups of people the Pharisees would have been determined to avoid or to separate themselves from any type of impurity prescribed by the levitical law or, more specifically, their strict interpretation of it. The Pharisees were rivals of the Sadducees but managed to set aside their differences on one occasion—the trial of Christ. It was at this point that the Sadducees and Pharisees united to put Christ to death (Mark 14:53; 15:1; John 11:48-50). Both the Pharisees and the Sadducees earned numerous rebukes from Jesus. Perhaps the best lesson we can learn from the Pharisees is to not be like them. Unlike the Pharisees, we are not to treat traditions as having equal authority as Scripture, and we are not to allow our relationship with God to be reduced to a legalistic list of rules and rituals.
Jesus called the Pharisees a generation of vipers. They were self righteous, judged others, and full of hypocrisy. Matthew 5:20 says: For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 18:9-14 said: And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
We as Christians shouldn’t allow ourselves to become as a Pharisee and say that we are perfect and without sin. We are all sinners under the grace of God. Many look to other people’s fault and say: At least I’m not like him or her. They are wicked people and don’t deserve forgiveness. Let me tell you that Jesus Christ died for all mankind. It doesn’t matter if they are black and white, rich or poor, American, Chinese, Muslim or Russian. What matters is that all can come to the grace of God through repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ into our hearts and lives. That means surrendering to him wholly. If you never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, it is not too late. You can turn to him and he will forgive any sin you ever have done: including murder, child abuse, theft, slander, sorcery or witchcraft, etc…. I know that Jesus will forgive any sin if you come to him with a humbe heart and ask him to be your Savior and you will be welcomed with open arms into his family. One day you will receive eternal life with God above.