Jesus teaches the crowds and His disciples about the hypocrisy and corrupt practices of the scribes and Pharisees. He warns them not to be like these self-exalting men. Instead, they are to be humble and serve as they seek to become great. Jesus issues a series of eight woes to these religious leaders. He laments over Jerusalem before leaving the Temple Mount.
Chapters 23-25 break down as follows:
a series of warnings and woes against the Pharisees (Matthew 23:2-36);
a lament of Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37);
teachings about Christ’s return, the perilous times His return will take place in, and how to prepare for it (Matthew 24:1-44); and
four extended parables about His return and the judgment (Matthew 24:45-25:46).