Resurrection Reality

We all struggle to believe but that struggle can produce something wonderful in each of us.

Small Fry Gets Super-Sized

Here’s what we learn about Jesus at this meal…

 

Fact #1: Jesus believes that no one is insignificant

 

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” Luke 19:5-7

 

 

Fact #2: Jesus always had time to talk

 

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. Luke 19:1

 

Fact #3: For Jesus mission is the priority.

 

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:9-10

 

Here’s what Jesus wants us to learn from this meal…

  1. We are to see everyone as important to God
  2. We should take the time to listen to others
  3. We must be concerned with our God given mission

RSVP

Most of us have been involved in enough weddings to know that invitations go out and then an RSVP is sent back. Well in this case, all the RSVP’s have come back – the seating arrangement has been planned – but no one is turning up. How would you feel if that was your wedding?

 

So here are the three excuses that we need to be aware of in our own life…

 

Excuse #1: POSSESSIONS

 

“But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’” Luke 14:18

 

Excuse #2: WORK

 

“Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’” Luke 14:19

 

Excuse #3: FAMILY

 

“Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’” Luke 14:20

 

God’s Answer to the Excuses…

 

The offer of GRACE to others

 

“The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’” Luke 14:21-24 (NLT)

Worship Expectations

  1. Our expectations of God

 

  • He will come when we gather

 

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. Luke 7:36

 

  • He will behave as we wish

 

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Luke 7:39

 

  • He will punish the sinners & reward the righteous

 

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Luke 7:41-43

 

  1. God’s expectations of us

 

  • We come prepared to worship

 

A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. Luke 7: 37

 

  • We are willing to learn

 

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” Luke 7:40

 

  • We accept all who come

 

  • We act on our faith

 

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 44-47