by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Luke 18:9-14

The Lord Jesus, our great Saviour, came into this
world to save sinners.

One time Jesus was telling a story. He was trying to
show the Pharisees in their self-righteousness and
religiosity that they were not saved.

Jesus said, "Two men went into the temple to pray. One
was a Pharisee and the other was a publican." The
publican was a sinner, an outstanding sinner, a man
known to be a sinner. He was a tax collector for the
Roman government and when the government would assess
so much per head, this man would add some to it, as it
pleased him. He did not have to give an account, and
he would make personal profit from this job of tax
collecting. He stole very much in this way and was a
hated sinner in the eyes of the Jews.

Now the Lord Jesus was telling this story to these
Pharisees. The Pharisees, you know, were very, very
strict. They went to the temple, and they paid their
tithe, they were careful to observe the law, and so
forth. Yet they rejected Christ and hated Him and did
not have hearts of mercy, broken, repentant hearts.

So Jesus was telling them of a Pharisee and a publican
who both went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee
stood up and prayed, "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 God an account of how good he
was. It is interesting to notice that the Scriptures
say, "He prayed within himself." He really wasn't
praying to God; he was praying to himself; he was
commending himself.

But the publican over there knew that he was wrong. He
knew he had sinned. He was thinking of all the
thievery he had done, and his heart was broken up
before God as he cried, "Lord, be merciful to me, the

Jesus said that man went down to his house saved, a
real child of God. Now here is a great statement,
friends, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner." When any
one comes to ...

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