The Essential Jesus: His Life & Teaching

The Unpredictable Jesus

by Jeff Gordon

Luke 18:9-34

Summary

Jesus confronts conventional wisdom in three situations: 1) Pharisee and tax collector; 2) faith of children; 3) rich and the poor. The contrasts in each of these draws out that a life of self-sufficiency and following external rules isn't what makes people acceptable to God. It is through humility and faith in what Jesus did for humanity that makes people right with God.

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