Our Loving Lord
"Oh, I sure am glad to see you," the little boy said to his grandmother (on his mother's side). "Now Daddy will do the trick he's been promising us." The grandmother was curious. "What trick is that?" she asked. "He told Mommy that he'd climb the walls if you came to visit," answered the boy.
Hard of Hearing
Morris, an 82-year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady on his arm. A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?" Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doctor, 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'" The doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said you got a heart mummer and be careful."
We are continuing our study from the Gospel of Matthew and now we come to a very important parable that Jesus gives in this wonderful chapter. This passage teaches that the kingdom of God is given to those who place their faith in Christ, and that we are saved by that faith, without works! There will be rewards given out in heaven as the later Epistles refer to, but we do not know much about what those rewards will be like. But that is not what Jesus is addressing in this passage. He is talking about going to heaven, and who will go there. With that in mind, let us jump in and see what we can discover this morning.
Notes for 20:1
Jesus further clarified the membership rules of the kingdom of heaven - entrance is by God's grace alone. In this parable, God is the landowner, and believers are the workers. This parable speaks especially to those who feel superior because of heritage or favored position, to those who feel superior because they have spent so much time with Christ, and to new believers as reassurance of God's grace.
Life Application Study Bible.
1- The Graceful Lord
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