Jesus à la carte
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
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
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
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
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.