this weeks sermon…

was on THE LAW!

Matthew 5:17-20

17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

our pastor used a modern parable called the parable of Ski Mountain.

He said that the owner of the mountain loved to have people come and ski.  they enjoyed all of the runs and slopes.  the owner made some very simple rules that made the mountain safe.  rules like “always ski under control”, and “stay within the ski mountain boundaries”.  the owner wanted to entrust these guidelines to people, so he created the “ski patrol”  they were the very best skiiers and had a firm grasp of the guidelines.  but the ski patrol begin to love the rules more than the people or skiing.  they began to add to the rules.  “always ski under control” became “snowplow only”.  the ski patrol made skiing on the mountain a task and not a joy, so the owner sent his son to reclaim the mountain and reinstitute the original guidelines as they were intended so people could once again have joy in skiing on the mountain.

that was great.  he talked about the reason that the Pharisees and churches today come up with extra guidelines and rules, is because it’s alot easier to manage our sin than it is to love the poor, or do the other things that Jesus says are the heart of the law.


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