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Summary: Jesus cares how we view him, ourselves and our possessions.

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• We value our vision. Seeing is important.

• Many have had to experience, either for a temporary period, or in an advancing stage, life without good vision.

• Part of that is getting old, I am learning. Just another inconvenience of living to be older.

• A pastor went to a new church only to find that the three deacons were the oldest people he had ever met.

• He decided to check their mental capacity.

• He asked the first one, “What is one plus one?”

• Without pausing, the first one answered, “274”.

• He scratched his head and asked the second one, “What is one plus one?”

• The second deacon answered, “Tuesday.”

• Frustrated, he asked the third one, “do you know what one plus one is?”

• The third deacon smiled and said, “Two”.

• The preacher said, “I am so glad you got that right. You would think these other two could figure out what one plus one is.”

• The third deacon said, “Yeah, all they had to do was subtract 274 from Tuesday.”

• Now, whereas as we get older, our eyes start to fail us, spiritually, the more mature we get, the better we can see.

• Jesus was concerned with the vision of the people he taught.

• He wanted the people to see truth plainly.

Mar 12:35-37 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, "How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, "'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.' 37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?" And the great throng heard him gladly.

I. (Savior) Jesus is concerned with how we view Him.

• Jesus had just almost complimented a scribe on how close he was to the kingdom of God.

• Lest the compliment, or actually admonition, confuse the people watching, Jesus says what the problems of the scribes were.

• The scribes collectively were emphatic about what they expected from the Messiah, the Christ.

• They said the greatest recognized characteristic would be that He would be of the lineage of David.

• They had taken all other prophesies about the Messiah and had “spiritualized” them.

• People would ask, “…what about ‘healing in His wings’?”

• They would answer, “Oh, that is just a reference of Him fixing our nation’s problems by restoring the throne in Israel.”

• Jesus said that the thing that stopped the scribes from righteousness was their view of the Messiah, and thus their view of Him.

• Jesus used passages with which they were very familiar to show the weakness in their belief system.

• They said that the Messiah would be marked mostly by His heritage, being from the line of David the great king.

• Jesus took a psalm written by David that confounded the scribes to illustrate His point.

• Look with me to Psalm 110:

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