Proper Self-Assessment

Unfathomable Grace

Jesus Christ is the exalted Son of God who humbles himself. Interestingly, all around Jesus are humiliated sons of man who seek to exalt themselves. Our Great Teacher has little fondness for those who are great in their own eyes. Towards such he offers tough words of rebuke and condemnation. Instead of being arrogant self-righteous fools, he would rather them:

  • Look at the entirety of God’s holy Law …
  • Look at God’s holy Son …
  • Look at themselves and cry aloud, “Lord, have mercy upon me a sinner.”

However, instead wise introspection and a humble penitent response, Jesus sees men take their eyes off his holy Law, off his holy Son, and off their hellish selves. Instead, he watches them:

  • Look at small portions of God’s holy Law …
  • Look at man-made additions to God’s holy Law …
  • Look at their neighbors in comparison …
  • Look at themselves and cry aloud, “Lord, I sure am…

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