Being a carpenter, Jesus knew that religion was too mechanical. A lot of times it’s not too well oiled, which adds to the trouble.
Religion wears and tears because it’s trying to accomplish something that it can not do with something that’s not designed for such purpose, which is salvation.
Jesus’ offer of salvation by grace through faith takes the job out of our hands because we can not achieve anything in the first place anyway. Grace is well oiled while religion is too mechanical and too complicated.
Jesus encountered too much opposition not with the ordinary masses, but with the religious people who has gotten themselves dirty in the daily grind of religion. Grace is offensive to the ego because it deems our work useless. Jesus knew that if you work for your salvation, it simply does not work. Thus his offer stand to be baffling, unbelievable, perfect, and in contrast to mechanical religion, it’s instant.
Salvation is free. Spare yourself the trouble of trying to work for it.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works so that no one can boast.