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CHRIST CONFRONTS PRIDE

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Our Blessed Lord Confronts the Pride of the Jews and our own pride.

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Christ’s Confrontation With Pride

Introduction
Today is Passion Sunday
The curiosity of the Jews toward Jesus now turns into open hostility and aggression
Illustration
Did you hear about the clever salesman who closed hundreds of sales with this line: "Let me show you something several of your neighbors said you couldn't afford.”
Transition
What was it that caused the Jews to hate Jesus Christ?
The answer is Pride
Pride is an inordinate love of self
The Jews could not hear, could not see, could not allow themselves to even consider what Jesus Christ was teaching
They had too much invested, they had to much pride in themselves
Pride is self love
Pride (self love) is at the heart of every sin
Pride is exalting our will above the will of God
Our Blessed Lord is not always gentle
Certainly not in his confrontation of evil and pride, consider how He responded to St. Peter’s pride:
“Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."
Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."
Sermon
In our sermon today we are going to explore the pride of the Jews and contrast it to the humility of Christ
We will do this in the hopes that we can reflect on our own lives, identify the failures of the Jews in our passage with our own lives
Exegete Passage
Discussion concerns what it means to be Abraham’s Children...
v. 37 - Abrahman’s children () “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
but they seek to “kill me”
v.39 If you were the children of Abraham you wou
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