Today at Highland Baptist Church, Pastor Danny Gardner's sermon was from Luke 14:1-11. In this passage Jesus heals a sick man on the Sabbath. The Pharisees, who are watching Jesus closely, probably brought the sick man in to see if Jesus would break their law. Of course Jesus does the right thing and heals the man. Jesus has healed on the Sabbath before and this healing shows that the Pharisees have not learned the lesson. They still believe they are more important than they really are. Jesus noticed that the Pharisees try to grab the best seat for themselves to show their importance. So Jesus teaches that when you claim the most important seat for yourself, you set yourself up to be humiliated when the host asks you to move so someone else can sit there. Jesus says to take a lesser seat so that you will be honored when you are moved to a better seat. The lesson is to not assume that you are more important than you are. Selfish pride tears people apart and keeps us from salvation. Those bloated by pride can not fit through the narrow door.
~ Clarence Kraft