The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

My favorite story in the Bible is that of the tax collector and the Pharisee. They both went to pray. The Pharisee prays, “Thank you Lord that i am not like those sinners, robbers, evil doesrs, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” The tax collector goes to pray and can’t even look to heaven because he knows and recognizes his deeds. He prays for forgiveness and knows he is not worthy. The Bible says the tax collector went home justified rather than the Pharisee. Why? The Pharisee was self righteous thinking he was without SIN. He didn’t need a savior.
The tax collector knew and confessed his doings and knew he needed a savior who is the Lord. He knew he was not worthy and didn’t pretend to be. He asked for Grace. We are saved by Grace. Jesus died for it. If you are not like the sinner then why do you need a savior? It is funny how we constantly try to be “good enough” When we never feel good enough that is called condemnation and that is from the devil. If we feel we are good enough on our own merit its pride. When we know that we can’t be good enough by our own merit and that only the blood of the lamb and Grace puts us in right standing with God then we are saved.
We are redeemed. Made righteous by the blood of the lamb. Forgiven. Made worthy by God not how good we do. Like the tax collector we go home justified. Confess to one another that you may be healed. He has been overcome by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony. We are saved by Grace. Salvation is a gift and is found in Jesus

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