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The Compassion of Christmas (Romans 3:9-18)

Pastor Joe Sanders, December 5, 2010
Part of the Standalone series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Trying to get a grasp on God's goodness is difficult if not impossible. When we compare ourselves to God, its hard to rightly define our own goodness. Are we good? Can we be good? How good is God? The Bible's portrayal of man is pretty bleak and there's a stark contrast offered up for the differences between man and God. Scripture describes God as ultimately good, completely good, holy in every sense of the word. The problem for us is that we want to compare ourselves to the wrong standards so that we don't look so bad. God's goodness, his righteousness, demanded justice- so he acted. And he acted in a way that is shocking, the opposite of what we would expect. God acted in mercy and compassion and he sent his son Jesus. On that first Christmas so long ago, God ran to us and met us at a stable when we couldn't (and didn't want to) move toward him.

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Romans 3:9-18

9What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17And the way of peace have they not known: 18There is no fear of God before their eyes. (KJV)

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