Sermon Transcript – He Desired to Justify Himself

Series C – Eighth Sunday After Pentecost – Sunday, July 10, 2016 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

Welcome to the Teaching Ministry of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church. Kongsvinger is a beacon for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is located on the plains of Northwestern Minnesota.
We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:29the holy Gospel According to Saint Luke
0:31chapter 10 verses 25 through 37. and
0:35behold a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to
0:37the test saying
0:39teacher what shall I do to inherit
0:41eternal life
0:42he said to him well what’s written in
0:44the law how do you read it he answered
0:46you shall love the Lord your God with
0:48all your heart with all your soul with
0:49all your strength with all your mind and
0:52you shall love your neighbor as yourself
0:53and he said to him oh you’ve answered
0:56correctly do this and you will live
0:58but he Desiring to justify himself said
1:01to Jesus and who is my neighbor
1:03Jesus replied
1:05a man was going down from Jerusalem to
1:08Jericho and he fell among robbers who
1:10stripped him and beat him and departed
1:13leaving him half dead now by chance a
1:16priest was going down that road and when
1:18he saw him he passed by on the other
1:20side so likewise a levite when he came
1:24to the place and saw him pass by on the
1:26other side but a Samaritan as he
1:29journeyed came to where he was and when
1:31he saw him he had compassion he went to
1:35him bound up his wounds pouring on oil
1:37and wine then he set him on his own
1:39animal and brought him to an inn and
1:41took care of him and the next day he
1:44took out to denaria and gave them to The
1:46Innkeeper saying take care of him and
1:48whatever more you spent I will repay you
1:50when I come back
1:52which of these three do you think proved
1:55to be a neighbor to the man who fell
1:57among the robbers and he said the one
2:00who showed him mercy and Jesus said to
2:03him you go and do likewise this is the
2:07gospel of the Lord in the name of Jesus
2:12beloved Saints holy ones in the Lord
2:15I have been looking forward to preaching
2:17this text since before I became a pastor
2:20and the reason why is because I’ve
2:22suffered under really bad preaching on
2:25this text the standard way in which this
2:28is preached in some Churches kind of
2:31goes like this you are the Good
2:33Samaritan go find your neighbor in need
2:35and go help him and get busy get crack
2:38and get going
2:39that’s kind of to miss the whole point
2:42what we learned from Jesus when Jesus
2:45first begins teaching in parables in the
2:48gospel of Matthew is that well parables
2:51are coded stories if you would you’re
2:54looking for God you’re looking for us
2:56you’re looking for making sure you’ve
2:58got the right characters under the right
3:01masks if you would and I would say
3:04making us the Good Samaritan is well the
3:07equivalent of making us Jesus
3:10and that’s a grave error an exegetical
3:13one exegetical error that leaves leads
3:16to all kinds of well lack of comfort if
3:19you would so we’re going to work our way
3:21back through our text today and we’ll
3:24see if we can straighten some things out
3:27here’s how it begins Behold a lawyer got
3:30to tell you anytime A Story begins with
3:32the words Behold a lawyer you know that
3:34what’s coming is going to be rather
3:36interesting so Behold a lawyer stood up
3:39to put Jesus to the test
3:43so you can tell already we’ve got some
3:45problems he’s going to put Jesus to the
3:47test what does this tell you about him
3:48does he really have faith in Jesus no
3:50he’s a smart fella he knows the law
3:54really well he’s decided to step up to
3:57the plate to see if he can give Jesus a
3:59black eye see if we can catch him in his
4:01words that’s his motivation so he asked
4:04this question teacher what shall I do to
4:07inherit eternal life now generally we
4:10have a rule here and that is especially
4:12during Sunday school that there are no
4:14dumb questions okay however this is one
4:18of those this is a really dumb question
4:21because an inheritance is a gift is it
4:25when somebody bequeathes you an
4:28inheritance writes you into their will
4:30is it because you have earned that or
4:33because they are gifting you so already
4:36the question shows that well this guy
4:38probably didn’t go to a good Law School
4:40so teacher what shall I do to inherit
4:43eternal life
4:44and the all the Jewish guys went uive
4:46this is not going to turn out well so
4:49Jesus said to him and watch what Jesus
4:51does here Jesus by the way knows long
4:56gospel very well and he knows the
4:58purpose of the law the purpose of the
4:59law is not to save us purpose of the law
5:01especially to somebody who is arrogant
5:05is to show them their sin
5:07you preach the law to the proud
5:10You Preach Grace and the gospel to those
5:12who are humbled by the law so this guy
5:14is going to get the law Watch What
5:16Happens so Jesus said to him well what’s
5:19written in the law how do you read it
5:21and he answered you shall love the Lord
5:23your God with all your heart with all
5:25your soul with all your strength with
5:27all your mind that’s a lot of alls by
5:28the way and you shall love your neighbor
5:30as yourself
5:35so let me ask you a question how are
5:36y’all doing on the alls there
5:39how’s the love the Lord your God with
5:41all all and all
5:44yeah right Ellen love your neighbor
5:46perfectly as yourself
5:51so that’s the guy’s answer and Jesus
5:54says to him all right you’ve answered
5:55correctly do this and you will live
5:59do you think he’s doing it
6:01no no and how do we know he’s not doing
6:04it well other passages of scripture will
6:06help us here Romans chapter 3 9-18 will
6:10help us oh and by the way the fact that
6:11he’s trying to trip Jesus up that tells
6:15us he’s not loving his neighbor as
6:16himself already right because Jesus is
6:19not only his neighbor Jesus is his God
6:22okay to tell you something about what’s
6:24going on inside this guy’s heart Romans
6:26chapter 3 verses 9 through 18 reads what
6:29then are we Jews any better off well no
6:32not at all we’ve already charged that
6:34all you know it all means there by the
6:37all tricky question all all both Jews
6:41and Greeks that’s everybody are under
6:43sin as it is written none is righteous
6:46no not one no one understands no one
6:49seeks for God all have turned aside
6:51together they have become worthless no
6:54one does good not even one their throat
6:56is an open grave they use their tongues
6:58to deceive the Venom of asps is under
7:01their lips their mouth is full of curses
7:03and bitterness their feet are Swift to
7:05shed blood and in their paths are ruined
7:07and misery in the way of peace they have
7:10not known there is no fear of God before
7:13their eyes
7:15that’s describing all of humanity that’s
7:18that’s you
7:21so Jesus says do this and you will live
7:24except for here’s a problem he’s not
7:26doing it right the purpose of the law is
7:29to show him sin and then comes an
7:32amazingly awful and blind statement
7:35the text says but he Desiring to justify
7:42Desiring to justify himself now I’m not
7:47a mechanic in fact
7:48um I’m quite impressed with people who
7:50can actually look under the hood and
7:51know what any of those things do right
7:54if I were stuck on the side of the road
7:56well I’m calling roadside assistance
7:58okay but it always amazes me the guy who
8:00can actually like open up the hood of a
8:03car pull out his flashlight look around
8:06and go oh there’s your problem right
8:08there you know very impressive to me by
8:11the way all right so let me point this
8:13out the fact that it says he Desiring to
8:16justify himself trust me as a theologian
8:19I’m going well there’s your problem
8:21right there okay this tells me a lot it
8:25should tell you a lot and here’s the
8:26reason why
8:27the law was not given for this purpose
8:30so that you can justify your self
8:34several passages will bear this out via
8:36cross-reference Romans chapter 3 19-20
8:39reads now we know that whatever the law
8:41says it speaks to those who are under
8:43the law so that every mouth may be
8:45stopped and the whole world may be held
8:47accountable to God for by works of the
8:50law no human being no not one will be
8:53justified in God’s sight since through
8:56the law comes the knowledge of sin
9:01Romans chapter 3 19-20 explicitly states
9:04that the primary function of the law
9:06here is to expose our sinful condition
9:09it also has a secondary function and
9:13that is to get you to let me put this in
9:16politely zip it
9:19to shut you up you know when your kids
9:21they’re just prattling on and on you go
9:24right that’s what the law is telling us
9:27to do right be quiet
9:30you’re guilty
9:37right because what happens when we do
9:39the but we usually say something really
9:41stupid like
9:42but I meant well my heart was good
9:47no it really wasn’t because if your
9:49heart was good you wouldn’t have sinned
9:51don’t sit there and say but my
9:53intentions were right
9:54that’s not gonna help here so the
9:57purpose of the law is to get you to be
10:00you’re guilty and it’s good that you be
10:03quiet because God has something
10:05comforting to say to you
10:07and that’s the gospel
10:09other passages Galatians 5 15-16 says
10:12this we ourselves who are Jews by birth
10:14and not Gentile Sinners yet we know that
10:16a person is not justified by works of
10:19the law
10:20through but through faith in Jesus
10:22Christ so we also have believed in
10:25Christ Jesus in order to be justified by
10:28faith in Christ not by works of the law
10:32because by works of the law
10:34no one
10:36not even one person will be justified
10:39and Justified there is a very important
10:42word and it means to be declared
10:45righteous found not guilty no one is
10:47going to be justified before God by The
10:50Works of the law you see this lawyer
10:52went to a really bad law school thinks
10:55he’s going to be able to justify himself
10:57Galatians 3 10-14 also says all who rely
11:01on works of the law well they’re under a
11:03curse for it’s written cursed be
11:05everyone who does not abide by all the
11:08things written in the book of the law
11:09and continue to do them continuously
11:12that’s my translation of what’s going on
11:15in the present tense verbs there
11:17so now it’s evident that no one is
11:19Justified before God by the law for the
11:22righteous shall live by faith
11:25but the law is not of Faith rather the
11:28one who lives who does them shall live
11:30by them Christ he has redeemed us from
11:32the curse of the law by becoming a curse
11:34for us for it’s written cursed is
11:36everyone who is hanged on a tree so that
11:38in Christ Jesus The Blessing of Abraham
11:40might come to the Gentiles so that we
11:43might receive the promised Spirit
11:48parting shot in our cross references
11:50Galatians 2 20-21 I have been crucified
11:54with Christ the Apostle Paul writes it’s
11:56no longer I who live it is Christ who
11:59lives in me and the life I now live in
12:01the flesh I live by faith in the Son of
12:04God who loved me and gave himself for me
12:07I do not nullify the grace of God for if
12:09righteousness were through the law then
12:12Christ died for no purpose
12:15you see he Desiring to justify himself
12:19has missed the whole point of the law
12:23right and unfortunately there are many
12:26today who are attempting this same feat
12:29you might as well try swimming to Hawaii
12:33you ain’t gonna make it right
12:36going back to our text he Desiring to
12:38justify himself that’s his motivation
12:41for saying what he’s saying now
12:43said to Jesus who’s my neighbor and you
12:47can almost kind of see the Swagger in
12:49the question well who’s my neighbor
12:53all right and this is where it gets
12:54really interesting so Jesus decides to
12:57whip out one of his Parables and this is
12:59a Zinger
13:01we’re going to unpack this but first
13:03let’s read the parable itself and then
13:04we’ll work our way back through it Jesus
13:06replied A man was going down from
13:08Jerusalem to Jericho he fell among
13:11robbers who stripped him beat him and
13:14departed leaving him half dead now by
13:16chance a priest was going down that road
13:18and when he saw him he passed by on the
13:20other side so likewise a levite when he
13:23came to that place saw him pass by on
13:25the other side but a Samaritan as he
13:28journeyed came to where he was and when
13:30he saw him he had compassion he went to
13:33him bound up his wounds pouring oil and
13:35wine on him then he set him on his own
13:37animal brought him to an inn and took
13:40care of him and the next day he took out
13:42to Daenerys gave them to The Innkeeper
13:44saying take care of him and whatever
13:47more you spend I will repay you when I
13:49come back
13:50so there’s our story
13:53now let’s work our way through it
13:56a little bit of geography here I’ve
13:59never been to the Holy Land but I’ve
14:00traveled there often on the via the
14:02Internet and looked at places using
14:04other people’s vacation photos it’s a
14:06very inexpensive way to take a vacation
14:08just want to let you know that okay and
14:10I know from other people’s vacation
14:12photos and from Google Earth and what I
14:13know of the holy land that Jericho is
14:16well not at the same elevation as
14:19Jerusalem Jerusalem is quite higher up
14:21in elevation than Jericho itself and the
14:24road from Jerusalem to Jericho
14:26historically is known to be a
14:28treacherous road and you Journey down so
14:31you Jerusalem’s up here Jericho’s down
14:34here and that road lots of winding
14:36curves and switchbacks and things like
14:38that and if you’ve ever seen video of
14:40people on a tour in the Holy Land in a
14:43bus while they’re on that road they note
14:45the fact that the absolute feeling of
14:47Terror while they look outside of their
14:49bus window and they can’t see any road
14:51all they see is Ravine and Cliff right
14:53okay so keep this in mind the going down
14:56Parts important so a man was going down
14:59from Jerusalem to Jericho he fell among
15:01robbers which was common that back then
15:04who stripped him beat him departing
15:06leaving him half dead now by chance a
15:09priest was going down that road which
15:13direction was the priest heading
15:16he was heading to Jericho from Jerusalem
15:19which means he’s probably finishing up
15:20his Priestly duties there in Jerusalem
15:23and heading home
15:27that being the case keep this in mind
15:29the law can always accuse you but the
15:32law will never help you obey it
15:35the law will never lift a finger to help
15:37you at all
15:40so here the law the man visibly
15:42representing the law sees there in the
15:46a guy stripped naked
15:49a little bit of garment theology going
15:51there half dead bleeding maybe he’s dead
15:53you know don’t can’t tell from the
15:55distance right
15:57and what does the law do
16:01keep in mind you know the law very
16:04specifically says that if you touch a
16:06dead body you’re unclean and there’s a
16:08whole cleaning ritual that you have to
16:09go through right
16:11and well back then Jews might be willing
16:14to become unclean for their cousin
16:16but they may not be willing to become
16:19unclean for a perfect stranger so what
16:21does the law do
16:23mocks sachets over to the other side of
16:25the road and passes by at a safe
16:27distance in order to not become unclean
16:30a levite when he came to the place we’ll
16:33just imagine he’s heading up to
16:34Jerusalem saw him for the same reasons
16:38passes by on the other side
16:41all those Bound by the law are incapable
16:44of showing Mercy are they not
16:47so now the story gets really interesting
16:50but a Samaritan the text says let me
16:53help you out here I don’t know if you’ve
16:55noticed it but on the news racial
16:57tensions in the United States seem to be
16:59well boiling over again
17:02I haven’t seen stuff like this since I
17:04was a kid
17:06in the days when they had forced busing
17:08and forced segregation desegregation in
17:11the schools I remember that when I was a
17:13kid and the racial tensions were high
17:15well they’re running high again right
17:18and you’ve got people who are white
17:20hating black people you have black
17:22people now racially hating and showing
17:25Prejudice towards white people so let me
17:27kind of give you an example of what the
17:29words Buddhist Samaritan mean in the
17:30context of somebody talking Jew to Jew
17:33at this time all right this would be the
17:35equivalent of well Jesus tells the story
17:38there was a white cop
17:40and he’s telling this story to somebody
17:42who’s into the black lives matter
17:48or you can say well but a and then you
17:53could say African-American and it’s in
17:55the context of talking two guys who are
17:57in the KKK
17:59that’s what we’re talking about here
18:00this is salacious
18:02and who is this Samaritan by the way
18:06the Samaritan is Jesus Jesus is hiding
18:10in the mask of the Samaritan in this
18:12story and the details make that
18:14perfectly clear so Jesus in The Story
18:17covers himself
18:21in a hated racial
18:24character a Samaritan
18:27and that’s important the Samaritan is
18:29not bound by the Mosaic Covenant he’s
18:32free to help
18:33so a Samaritan as he journeyed came to
18:37where he was and when he saw him I know
18:40your text says he had compassion I think
18:42a better way to render the Greek word
18:44there is his guts were wrenched
18:47coming around the bend he sees
18:51what looks like a corpse you can just
18:54see him it’s like he drops everything
18:57and he immediately runs to him
19:00checks to see if he has a pulse
19:03looks him over to find out where he’s
19:05bleeding what’s going wrong right
19:07he says this
19:09he binds him up binds up his wounds
19:12pouring on oil and wine
19:16and he set him on his own animal and
19:18brought him to an end and took care of
19:19him a little bit of note here there’s
19:22just wisps hints of the Incarnation here
19:25because you know over and again at
19:27Christmas time we have pictures of Jesus
19:31you know in his mother’s tummy riding
19:34into Bethlehem and going to the inn and
19:37there’s no room for them at the end
19:40kind of a wisp here of the Incarnation
19:43went and bound up his wounds brought him
19:45took care of him took him to an inn to
19:48take care of him next day took out to
19:50daenery I gave them to The Innkeeper
19:52saying take care of him
19:55and whatever more you spend I will repay
19:57you when I come back
19:59this begs the question who is this guy
20:01lying beaten
20:04half dead naked
20:07having everything taken from him on the
20:10road to Jericho
20:11who is it
20:13it’s you
20:15it’s me
20:18this is how Jesus finds us
20:20and the reason for this is simple
20:22because this goes all the way back to
20:24Adam and Eve in the garden
20:25and the deception of the devil
20:28the robbers are well it’s the devil and
20:30his demons
20:32all of humanity was in Adam when
20:34Humanity fell and disobeyed God
20:38and this is our state before God
20:41bloodied beaten robbed naked
20:46right totally helpless totally
20:49unconscious and what does Jesus do
20:52he finds us in this state and what does
20:56he have on us
20:57Mercy Grace compassion
21:01he picks us up
21:03and he brings us to the end
21:05and where is this Inn
21:09it’s right here
21:11This Is the End
21:14who’s The Innkeeper
21:16that’s me
21:17your pastor
21:20and every faithful Pastor who preaches
21:22the gospel
21:24and I can tell you this as The Innkeeper
21:28that two daenery I that Christ has given
21:32that’s his word his body and blood
21:36the Waters of baptism
21:39it’s more than enough to bind up your
21:42it’s more than enough for me to be able
21:44to care for you and nurse you back to
21:49what a merciful kind and gracious savior
21:53we have and notice here he says and when
21:56I come back even alluding to Jesus’s
21:58second return
22:00when I come back
22:01I’ll repay you
22:06see the story isn’t primarily about you
22:09doing anything first this is about what
22:12Christ has done
22:14for you
22:16and the wonderful thing about this is
22:19because we are saved by substitution
22:22Christ becomes our substitute dies in
22:25our place
22:26when Jesus goes to the cross
22:29and Jesus allows himself
22:33to be handled by the robbers
22:35who strip him naked beat him senseless
22:39nail him to a cross
22:42and there he dies
22:44for you and for me
22:51it’s an amazing story when you think
22:53about it
22:55it’s all about grace mercy compassion
22:59true love and notice how love springs
23:02into action
23:05it’s one thing to say well I love you I
23:07care about you it’s a whole other thing
23:08to show it with action and God
23:11demonstrates his love for us in that
23:14while we were yet
23:17bruised bloodied beaten unconscious
23:22Christ dies for us
23:26so then Jesus asked this question which
23:29of these three do you think proved to be
23:31a neighbor to the man who fell
23:33among the robbers
23:36and the attorney can’t even say the word
23:41you can almost see him answering with
23:42gritted teeth
23:44the one who showed him Mercy
23:52and then Jesus says to him
23:54you go
23:56and you do likewise
23:59and this per fits perfectly with Jesus’s
24:01new command of the New Covenant
24:04as I have loved you
24:07love one another
24:10how has Christ loved you
24:13by having mercy on you by forgiving You
24:17by binding up your wounds by not
24:20retaliating I for an eye tooth for a
24:23tooth but instead taking all the blows
24:27so that he can serve and love
24:30and so as Christ has loved us
24:33so we are called here by this text to go
24:35and do likewise
24:37and love everyone else
24:39in the name of Jesus
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