October 27 2019 - Understanding Outrageous Grace
Luke 18:9-14
Our Bible passage starts with the words, “To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable . . .” Every parable Jesus told was an opportunity. An opportunity to understand God better. An opportunity to conform our lives to the image of God. An opportunity to turn away from sin and get a fresh start. So what did Jesus want to teach his hearers with this story?


First of all, Jesus wanted them to know that, when we compare ourselves to others, we turn religion into a competition. 


The second thing Jesus is trying to teach his hearers is when we compare ourselves to God rather than with others, we realize we don’t have anything to offer Him. 


Finally: if you don’t know grace, you don’t know God—because grace, the unearned gift of God’s love and salvation through Jesus Christ, was God’s plan for us from the very beginning.


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