In our passage, Jesus enters the last week of His life. He enters Jerusalem in the same way He entered the world, with total humility. He is the King of Kings and yet he rides into Jerusalem on a donkey, rather than a royal stallion. He came in humility to save us from our sins.
The goal of the Christian life is to be like Christ. Nothing makes us more like Jesus than humility.
In teaching on humility, Jesus gives two specific illustrations of what type of humility the Christian is to have. He gives the illustration of a “servant” and that of a “slave”. As usual, Jesus is as clear as a bell. We do well to listen and apply this
Jesus again teaches humility to his disciples. He has done this several times already in the gospel of Matthew. This is a lesson we are all slow to learn and apply. However, humility is the key to our relationship with God and others.
The criteria for entrance into Christ’s kingdom is the same as the criteria for greatness. That is humility. The way we treat a fellow Christian is the way we treat Jesus, according to Jesus (Matthew 18: 6)
Jesus pays taxes from money in a fish’s mouth. Pretty cool! Jesus modeled for us the humility of being a good citizen. God is honored in our lives when we are both humble and good citizens!
Jesus warns us about responding properly to the truth of Scripture. The proper response draws us closer to Christ and the improper response takes us further from Christ. All through the Bible we are challenged to have a proper response to the truth of Scripture.
Pastor Jim teaches from the 8th chapter of Matthew where Jesus encountered and healed a leper.
In this message, Pastor Jim shares the teaching of Jesus on where true treasure is found.