The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts. And sometimes we cloak this idol in a pious disguise. In Matthew 21, Jesus exposed this idol in the hearts of a few men with a single question.
It was the final week before Jesus’s day of judgment — the day he would stand before his Father’s bar of justice bearing the sins of all who ever had or would believe in him, and in their place be crushed by the Father’s wrath.
He no longer avoided the treacherous Jewish political and religious leaders. He openly confronted their errors and duplicity, pouring fuel on the fire of their fear and hatred of him.
As the Jewish leaders saw it, Jesus was out of control. He had b…