by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Luke 18:10-14

Jesus is a wonderful Lord, friends, to all who put
their trust in Him. There is peace through the Lord
Jesus Christ. There is forgiveness of sins with Him,
and how we praise God that He gives peace to those
that put their trust in Him. The Lord Jesus, our Great
Saviour, came into this world to save sinners. Are you
a believer in Christ? Have you found Him wonderful to
your soul, as your personal Saviour?

You will remember one time that Jesus was talking
about the Pharisees and the publicans and he wanted to
show the Pharisees in their self-righteous religiosity
that they weren't saved, they were not right with God.

So He told them a story, He said, "There were two men
who went into the temple to pray, and one was a
Pharisee and the other a publican." The publican was a
sinner, an outstanding sinner, known to be a sinner,
because he was a tax-gatherer for the Roman
government. The Roman government would assess so much
per head and the tax gatherer would add so much to it,
just as he pleased. He had no one to give an account
to for that, and he would collect it for himself. In
that way he stole very much. So to be a publican was
to be a hated sinner in the eyes of the Jews.

Now the Lord Jesus knew that, when He told this
parable to the Pharisees. The Pharisees were very
strict. They went to their temple, they paid their
tithes, and did all that sort of thing. And yet, they
rejected Christ and they did not have merciful nor
repentant hearts. They had never been broken up. So
Jesus said, "Two men went to the temple to pray. One
was a pharisee, and the other a publican, and the
Pharisee stood and prayed with himself, saying Lord,
you know what sort of a man I am how I pay my tithes
and fast twice a week," and he went on giving an
account to God of his religious activities. It is
interesting tha ...

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