For the Jews there were three significant religious duties, giving, praying, fasting.
Jesus takes them one at a time. Each section starts with a rather ridiculous example of someone
doing it to show off. Then he says if that’s what you want, then enjoy it because that’s all the
reward you’re going to get. But if you do it in secret then your father who sees in secret will
Scene 1.Giving to the needy and then he paints a picture of somebody sounding a trumpet
“gather round everybody because you’re about to see me giving to the needy.”
It’s awful isn’t it
Scene 2 Praying: Here’s someone going into the Main Street and waiting until there’s a
crowd and spreading his arms and praying in a loud voice.
Scene 3 Fasting. Here’s someone fasting and he gets out the mascara and makes himself
hideous so people will ask what’s wrong with you and he says oh it’s nothing I’m just fasting.
It’s what I do. It makes me humble, you know.
What’s on your bucket list?
Have you ever heard of the term “Bucket list”? Do you have
It is the must-do things before you die.
I asked someone I know the same question.
“What’s on your bucket list?”
Two weeks ago we had a look at the question “Who are the important people?”
And we found that Jesus had some surprising answers on that one.
Today we are going to look at: who are the good people?
I guess if we’re really honest all of us, even the worst people would like people to think that I’m
a good person. Not just at my funeral, but now.
So we ask Jesus, “who are the good people and how do I get to become one?” and he has some
surprising things to say.
Picture the scene. We have it in 4:23-25 see how many times it says all or every.
Jesus went throughout Gallilee teaching in the synagogues preaching the good news of the
kingdom and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all
over Syria and people brought to him all you were ill with various diseases those suffering
severe pain, the demon possessed those having seizures and the paralysed and he healed them.
Large crowds from Gallilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan
followed him. Now when he saw the crowds he went up on the mountain side and sat down his
disciples came to him and he began to teach them.
Watching TV this last week, I was confronted by some tragic scenes of parents crying at the death
of children. What an awful time these people were going through. I also know that many here have
also had that same feeling of tragic loss of a loved one.
Today we come to the very familiar passage in
which Jesus deals with the issue of prayer and
specifically he covers prayer from our side and
also from God’s side.
This morning I want to challenge you with the most glorious truth about
the Lord Jesus. Most of you I have never met before, and I know nothing
about you. I don’t know whether you’re a committed follower of Jesus;
or someone who’s interested in finding out more about Him; or you’ve
come because this is what you always do on Sunday mornings; or you’re
here somewhat unwillingly because of pressure or an invitation you
But whatever the reason that brings you here this morning, I’m glad that
you’ve come. For whether you are a keen follower of Jesus or not, there
is a certain truth about the Lord Jesus that I want to turn your attention
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