In Matthew 23 Jesus was speaking directly to the Levitical Priesthood and The Teachers of The Law in his own day.
He publicly and sharply rebuked those who were overseeing the temples affairs and he then (Matthew 24) took his disciples aside privately and told them that not one stone (of the temple) would be left upon another…
All of this… The destruction that was to come on the teachers of the law (who slayed the prophets) and the demolishing and burning of The Temple was all being prophesied by Jesus to happen within that same generation at the end of that age.
What remains for us today as Christians is grace and The Teachings of Christ along side their practical implementation in our lives that will result in sometimes unexplainable yet beautiful supernatural consequences.
Now look ahead chronologically to John 13:34 at the last super right before Jesus is arrested and taken to the cross (after his strong rebuke found in Matthew 23) he reclines at the table with his disciples over some wine and bread and says “A new command I give you…”
Unlike the 613 commands they were always struggling with under The Law, they now had been given by Jesus this new, beautiful, grace filled single command.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” ~ John 13:23 (Jesus at the last super)
In His Love, Scott Boggs