Our sinful natures want our “good deeds” to be noticed too, but Christ calls us to humility because arrogance and trust in God don’t go well together.

Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12

ESV Text: Matthew 23:1-12


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 23

     1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 380:
Thy Works, not Mine, O Christ

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Thy works, not mine, O Christ, 
Speak gladness to this heart; 
They tell me all is done, 
They bid my fear depart. 
To whom save Thee, who canst alone 
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? 

2. Thy wounds, not mine, O Christ, 
Can heal my bruised soul; 
Thy stripes, not mine, contain 
The balm that makes me whole. 
To whom save Thee, who canst alone 
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? 

3. Thy cross, not mine, O Christ, 
Has borne the awe-full load 
Of sins that none could bear 
But the incarnate God. 
To whom save Thee, who canst alone 
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? 

4. Thy death, not mine, O Christ, 
Has paid the ransom due; 
Ten thousand deaths like mine 
Would have been all too few. 
To whom save Thee, who canst alone 
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? 

5. Thy righteousness, O Christ, 
Alone can cover me; 
No righteousness avails 
Save that which is of Thee. 
To whom save Thee, who canst alone 
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? 


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