Sermon Fodder: Zacchaeus is Us in So Many Ways

The text for this Sunday’s message is Luke 19.1-10, Jesus and Zacchaeus.

This will be the final part in a 5 part sermon series entitled “Jesus’ Greatest Hits.” Beginning with Easter Sunday and the Parable of the Prodigal Son, we have been looking at what the the great teachings of Jesus say to us today. Here’s where we have been so far:

Week 1: The Parable of the Prodigal Son. The cross and the empty tomb are God’s signal to us that he will welcome us home with open arms.

Week 2: The Parable of the Sower. Jesus’ teaching that it is important for the Christian to be rooted in something nurturing. Not with focus on what happens to those in the bad soil, but what is possible when we plant ourselves in good soil.

Week 3: The Parable of the Talents. Jesus’ teaching which tells us that God as master expects us to use the blessings he has so freely given us to his glory.

Week 4: The Parable of the Wicked Slave. Jesus teaches the importance of forgiveness to the life of a Christian. The translation of the word as “wicked” or “unforgiving” should tell us the importance of this lesson.

This last week will focus more on the mission of the church. As most of us know–especially us Methodists–Matthew 28 plays a special role in the life of the church. At least, it should. The story of Zach shows us that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done, you cannot hide from God and his desire to be in communion with you.

It may not seem hospitable by our estimates, but the Christian cannot be discerning who they reach out to in God’s name–we are just called to do it.


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