“Hear and believe that his gift is for you.” Pentecost 17, 2017 Sermon, Matthew 21:12-32

When Jesus reveals Truth to us at the exact same time that Truth judges us. It shows us not only that we are wrong, but also that because we are convinced we are right we dig in & rush more & more intentionally toward what is wrong. The only way out of this hopeless mess is Jesus. He poured himself out for you & me not because we are any more whole or any closer to what God wants us to be than the chief priests and elders. He did it because we are sinners and we need him to save us from the wrath of God’s righteous judgement.  As the beautiful hymn says, “When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, … beneath God’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul.” Hear and believe that his gift is for you.