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December 27, 2014



Luke 18:15-16


Acceptance, Of One Another


And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.





Jesus declared the tax collector “justified”. God declared him righteous because he looked to God for the gift of righteousness, rather than claiming to be righteous on his own merit as the Pharisee did. Jesus repeated the principle that God humbles those who exalt themselves, but He exalts those who humble themselves. In the context, Jesus meant that to be righteous in God’s sight, one must acknowledge his lack of personal righteousness, rather than pretending to have righteousness that he does not have. Justification depends on God’s grace, not on human works or merit.

Many modern Christians have heard this parable so often that they immediately associate Pharisees with self-righteous hypocrisy, and tax collectors with humble piety. In Jesus’ day the Jews viewed them differently. It was the Pharisees who were the models of righteous behavior, and the tax collectors who epitomized sinfulness. Therefore this parable undoubtedly made a great impact on the disciples. How does it affect you?


Memory Verse: Proverbs 16:24


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