MATTHEW 20

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Matthew 20:1-16

THE GRACE PARABLE

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

THE RECRUITMENT OF GRACE – Vss. 1-8

This parable indicates that people are recruited for salvation at various times of the “day” we call life.

Some are saved early when they can give a full day of service to the master.  Some people come at midlife, or at the end of life, or even on the death bed.

 

THE REWARDS OF GRACE – Vss. 9-10

Although there will be various rewards in Heaven, everyone receives the same “wage” in a sense.

Whether you are saved early or late in life, there is the reward of eternal life.

 

THE RESENTMENT OF GRACE – Vss. 11-12

Some may think they are deserving of more and may resent the person who comes to Christ late in life.  They didn’t get to endure the struggles and labors that come with serving Christ after salvation.

They resent those who seem to get in “by the skin of their teeth”.

 

THE REMINDERS OF GRACE – Vss. 13-16

God can save who He wants, when He wants, and how He wants.  God is not evil because He saves some late in life and does not require that they go through the rigors of the Christian life here on earth.

God is good, because He shows grace to so many people.

 

 

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Matthew 20:1-16

UNFAIR?

 

Jesus told a story of land owner who hired people to do a job.  He hired people during various parts of the day, all for the same amount.  Some worked much longer than others. The cry was “Unfair!”  But was it?

 

GENTLEMEN’S AGREEMENTS – Vss. 1-7

GENEROUS EMPLOYER – Vss. 8-10

GRUMPY EMPLOYEES – Vss. 11-12

GREAT EXPLANATION – Vss. 13-16

 

 

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Matthew 20:17-28

JESUS, OUR ROLE MODEL

 

First or all, Jesus is to be our Savior. John 14:6, John 3:16

Secondly, Jesus should be the role model, whose example we follow daily. Luke 9:23

 

SACRIFICE OF THE MASTER - Vss. 17-19

Jesus went to Jerusalem, knowing that He would lay down his life as a sacrifice for sin.

We are to live our lives as a "living sacrifice" for Him. Romans 12:1

 

SIMILARITY TO THE MASTER - Vss. 20-23

James and John were willing to suffer for the sake of their master, although they were wrong to seek glory. May we be willing to also suffer, if needed, for our Master's sake.

 

SERVICE LIKE THE MASTER - Vss. 24-28

Jesus served others while He was here on earth and then gave His life as a ransom for many.

If we are going to follow Jesus as a role model, our lives should be given in service to others.

 

 

 

 

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