You Ain’t No Better              October 2, 2016 Luke 13:1 – 5

Luke 13:1-5 “There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?   No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.   Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”   ESV

So…Who sinned worse?  The folks murdered by an evil political leader OR the folks killed in a construction accident?

  • We like to believe we are THE BEST.
  • We like to think that WE HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT and no one else is as RIGHT as we are here in our little group.
  • We talk down about others but not about ourselves.
  • We claim to know the deep thoughts and plans of God by saying that any problem or disaster they face are results of their sins.
  • They are WORSE than us!
  • Every natural disaster some “religious” TV person or celebrity claims their moral failure brought their disaster.
  • Remember the messages we heard like this about New Orleans after Katrina.

We are foolish and have “STINKING THINKING”

We FORGET that we are ALL SINNERS and have FALLEN SHORT of the GLORY of God.   (Romans 3:23)

We forget that the sun rises on the evil and the good AND it rains on the just and the unjust. (Matthew 5:45)

We forget that we ALL live in faulty perishable bodies while on this earthly plain.

We forget that BAD THINGS do indeed happen to GOOD PEOPLE!

Why?  Several reasons.  Here are four:

  1. Our Fallen, messed up world
  2. Our bad choices
  3. The bad choices of others
  4. For the Glory of God.

You are no better than anyone else.

You have equal chance and opportunity for disaster to strike.

You also have the opportunity TO MAKE A CHANGE for your eternity!


RECEIVE Eternal Life by GRACE alone through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone.

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”   ESV

Repent or you will PERISH.            Perish = Die ETERNALLY

You are the same as everyone else.

1 Timothy 2:1-6 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”    ESV

This is the ULTIMATE EQUALITY!  All Lives Matter to Jesus!

We have been taught as Christians how infinitely SPECIAL we are because GOD LOVES US and provided HIS SON JESUS for the forgiveness of our SINS and a COMPOLETELY NEW LIFE

  • We are SPECIAL to Jesus!
  • Specifically, and Individually!
  • Just like EVERYONE ELSE!

Mark 1:14-15 “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”  ESV

What is this Gospel Jesus brought?

John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”   ESV

In our world today we spend so much time DEALING with the faults of others.

Hilary’s Health                                                                                                                                                Trumps attitudes                                                                                                                                        Whose lives matter more than who’s                                                                                                          Their wrongs                                                                                                                                                   Their failures                                                                                                                                                  Why God is punishing them for sin

What when NEED TO BE DOING is LOOKING INSIDE not outside

What is going on with the PERSON IN THE MIRROR?

REPENT of OUR weaknesses and failings