Jeremy Jernigan – Executive Pastor of Creative Arts
Today we enjoyed the privilege of hosting Mike Baker, the senior pastor of Eastview Christian Church, here at Central to preach in our current series, “Parables.” Today’s passage was Luke 18:9-14, the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector.
In this parable Jesus teaches about a Pharisee at a temple, exalting himself in prayer. Juxtaposed next to this Pharisee is a tax collector who humbles himself before God, declaring himself a sinner. Jesus goes on to say that it is the tax collector, not the Pharisee, who went home justified.
What does this mean for us? Simply put, we need to be humble and not look down on other people! God is not impressed by our pride. In the closing verse, Jesus says that everyone who exalts themselves will be humbled, and everyone who humbles themselves will be exalted. How will you end up? Exalted, or humbled?