The Humble Servant by Marvin D. Patterson

The Humble Servant
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 20:17-28

Hillary Clinton died and went to heaven. As she stood in front of Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates, she saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. She asked, ''What are all those clocks?''

Saint Peter answered, ''Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock.

Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move.

''Oh,'' said Hillary, ''whose clock is that?''

''That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved indicating that she never told a lie.''

''Whose clock is that?''

''That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have only moved twice telling us that Abe only told 2 lies in his entire life.''

''Where's Bill's clock?'' Hillary asked.

''Bill's clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan.''


We are coming to the last days of the Lord before His death on the Cross, and His resurrection. He is making His way to Jerusalem, and He has just given the disciples a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven in relation to the workers in the vineyard. If you will remember from last week, Jesus said that some people get saved early in life, and they serve the Lord faithfully for many years. Others may get saved later in life, but they will still enjoy the same blessings in heaven as those who were saved for many years. That tells us salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and not from our own merits or good works.

In this passage that we will examine this morning, we will see that Jesus knows the very day, and even the very hour of Him impending death for our sins. He gives the disciples these details, and then there is a power struggle for who will have the greatest authority throughout all eternity. Jesus will commend humility, and rebuke pride. Notice these details in the following verses.


1- The prediction of Christ

This will be Jesus third time that He has foretold of His coming sacrifice. In this prediction, He gives many mo ...

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