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Jesus à la carte

Apr 15, 2018 | Tom Harding

Can't Touch This? (Jesus à la carte - Week 3)

When you sell something to someone else, it is for personal benefit and profit. When you give something away, it is for someone else’s benefit and profit.

The REAL Jesus doesn’t want something from us; he wants something for us.

Luke 18:9–12 (NIV84) 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one aPharisee and the other a tax collector11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

Matthew 6:16 (NIV84)16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting.

Do you ever find yourself taking comfort by comparing yourself to others?
Do you ever find yourself in situations where your beliefs don’t match your behavior?
Do you ever portray yourself as something you are not?
Do you ever pretend everything is okay and it’s not?
Do you ever pretend your own sin doesn’t stink but you think someone else’s does?

Matthew 9:12–13 (NIV84) Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Self Righteousness is the sin and the sickness of believing I am not sinful or sick.

There is no holier than thou in the kingdom of the REAL Jesus.

Tim Keller writes,
You are more sinful than you could ever dare imagine and you are more loved and accepted than you could ever dare to hope—at the same time.

Luke 18:13 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”

Jesus has never been shocked by our sin, but he has been broken for it.

Luke 18:14 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went homejustified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Bonheoffer writes,
But it is the grace of the Gospel, which is so hard for the pious to understand, that it confronts us with the truth and says: You are a sinner, a great, desperate sinner; now come, as the sinner that you are, to God who loves you. He wants you as you are; He does not want anything from you, a sacrifice, a work; He wants you alone . . .God has come to you to save the sinner. Be glad! This message is liberation through truth. You can hide nothing from God. The mask you wear before men will do you no good before Him. He wants to see you as you are, He wants to be gracious to you. You do not have to go on lying to yourself and others, as if you were without sin; you can dare to be a sinner. Thank God for that; He loves the sinner but He hates sin.

Three points of application for you, each one more intense than the other.
1. Read this passage twice more this week (Luke 18:9-14)
2. Make a list, “I try to justify myself when . . .”
3. Show someone your list.

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