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Which Door?

Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you can find
Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

Sermon Topic Sinners

Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:9

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Robert Murray M'Cheyne is revered in Scotland as one of that nation's great Christian Preachers. Although he died at an early age, his name already had become a household word. He was fond of telling the story of the night he preached on the text from John's Gospel in which Jesus says, "I am the door; if any one enters by Me, he will be saved" (Jn. 10:9). A man who had listened to the sermon came to him later and said:

I've been a Church member all my life, but I never felt close to Christ until now. When I heard you preach tonight something clicked and I felt that Jesus was very near to me.

Listening to you preach about Jesus' words, "I am the door; if any one enters by Me he is saved," I realized what my problem had been for all those years: I had been trying to enter the wrong door! I had been trying to go through the saints' door, and I just couldn't make it. You made it clear today that I need to go through the sinners' door.

If we come here week-after-week to reinforce the delusion that we're perfect in every way, we're not drawing close to Jesus because we're trying to go through the wrong door. If we come here week-after-week to echo the proud Pharisee's prayer, "God, I thank You that I am not like other men," we're not drawing close to Jesus because we're trying to go through the wrong door. If we come here week-after-week and do not echo the humble prayer of the tax collector, "God be merciful to me, a sinner," we're not drawing close to Jesus because we're trying to go through the wrong door (Lk. 18:11,13).

There are other religions which hold that one must be purified -- sinless -- before he or she can knock at the door. In Christianity, one knocks at the door as a sinner, so that He who answers the door can heal. Christ's door is open to sinners not because of their merits but because of [...]

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