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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 66

In the previous parable Jesus used a Tax-Collector as an example of someone the Pharisees would have considered to be unworthy. Here he is championing the cause of the innocent–the children–the babies. He was removing all hope that anyone could enter heaven based upon their own works or level of righteousness. The Jewish culture was built upon the law. Jesus’ teachings were based upon the law. The law was still in affect as a means to achieve righteousness and point to Jesus who would ultimately fulfill the law on our behalf.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 65

Within the church it is common to compare our spiritual walk to other Believers’ walks for the sake of feeling a little better about ourselves. The Pharisees (not known to be a humble group) were not merely claiming superiority on the level of education, privilege, and power, they were claiming superiority concerning their righteousness; not just their level of righteousness–but claiming that they were RIGHTEOUS! How did they make their case for being righteous? How did they elevate themselves above the common Jew? They did this by establishing laws that were beyond the ability of the common person to obey. As a matter of fact, the laws were so ridiculous that no one could obey all of them. The difference was that the common person was under the authority of the laws and were prosecuted for breaking them. The Pharisees broke them and lied about it.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 64

Jesus moves on with another parable. In a nutshell this parable is about two judges, a widow, and the return of Christ. This parable is about the second coming of Christ! Jesus is continuing His prophecy concerning His return.

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Preparing the Way for jesus, Part 63

Jesus is asked the following question, “When is the kingdom of God going to come?” Jesus is saying that the kingdom of God is about much more than things seen such as: land, power, riches, politics and freedom. The riches of His kingdom are not dependent upon your circumstances (good our bad) whether they be financial, or love or love lost, deep meaningful relationships or utter loneliness. When Christ returns, it will be unmistakable. The sky will light up like lightning going from east to west in milliseconds. Humanity will be dumbfounded and spiritually asleep just they have always been. They will be carrying on with that which seems so important at the time. They will be feasting and drinking and making investments, and selling, and upgrading, and going to church…but it will all end. And for most of the people it will end very badly.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 62

There are many lessons we could draw from our study this morning, but I want to leave you with four of them. 1. We can confess our sins, but if our confession does not lead to repentance, our confession is not genuine. 2. We can repent of our sins (walk away from them) but if our repentance does not lead us to faith in Christ, our repentance is not genuine. 3. We can discover and exercise faith, but if our faith does not lead us to worship Christ, our faith is not genuine. 4. If we have no or little desire to worship God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, we must reevaluate our faith experience.

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