Prayer Parable Two: Exaltation and Humility (Luke 18:9-14)

Speaker: Rev. Jon Herr
Date: 10/27/2019
Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Humility
Price: FREE

Communion Meditation:

The Lord’s Supper, like every other part of our Christian lives, is a place we come to, putting no trust in our own righteousness. It is a place we come, having been repentant and so justified. It is a place we come having been humbled and so exalted by God’s grace. 

We come to the supper not holding up to the Father a list of things we’ve done! We don’t tell the Father, “I’m not an extortioner, I’m not unjust, I’m not adulterous….I’m not like a Tax Collector…I fast and I tithe…I am able to properly describe the meaning of Justification and faith, and explain it to others…therefore I’m worthy to come to this table!”

No. We come to this table having been lifted up by the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

And this is one of many reasons why our baptized children are fitting participants at this meal! Immediately after describing humility leading to exaltation, Jesus says in Luke 18:16-17, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

You must receive this meal like a child: humbly, not believing you have ticked all the boxes by your own strength. And so if you are a child who has been baptized, you belong to God

He is your Father, and He has also called you to show the rest of us how to humbly come to Jesus! And so this meal is for you just as much as it’s for me and for your parents.!

Come and eat and drink, for Jesus Christ is your righteousness!

Jon Herr Jon Herr (MATS, Reformed Theological Seminary; BS Bible, Philadelphia Biblical University) is Pastor of Christ Covenant Church of Chicago (CREC). Previously he served as a deacon and ministerial student at All Saints Church (CREC, Lancaster PA). He and his wife Jackie live in the Chicago suburbs with their two daughters and three sons.