“For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him” (Matthew 21:32).
Teaching and reaching the established religious community was always a challenge for Jesus. Institutional religion breeds comfort, satisfaction, arrogance, and the rejection of any idea threatening the status quo. Because of their privileged and advantaged positions, they are never in the wrong; they would never have a reason to apologize; they are never remorseful. Thus, the challenge of them ever coming to a place of brokenness and repentance. The changing of the mind first requires a change of heart. Therefore, when a heart is unchangeable, the revolutionary idea of the gospel doesn’t have a chance. Entrenched religion ultimately becomes your burial.