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Corrie Gustafson - August 28, 2016

Looking Up to a Tax Collector

Invited: Stories of Welcome in the Gospel of Luke

The man we know as Zacchaeus is a strange kind of outsider. He is despised by his neighbors for being a tax collector, but probably envied by those same neighbors for his wealth. He is a known sinner, and yet Jesus chooses to be a guest at Zacchaeus’ house. What lessons about faith might we learn from such a man?

Scripture References: Luke 19:1-10

From Series: "Invited: Stories of Welcome in the Gospel of Luke"

Sermons this summer will focus on portraits of Jesus found in Luke’s gospel. Our recent studies in the life of David pointed forward to Israel’s true sovereign and now we turn to accounts of Jesus whom David called, ”my Lord”. We quickly discover that the ‘son of David’ is much greater than any of the ancients had anticipated. Israel’s king is in fact the savior of the world, the Lord of all. Luke is an apt herald of this message. As the only Gentile among the gospel writers Luke is especially attuned to Jesus’ welcome of those who were outside, unworthy and rejected. The “beloved physician” wrote his account of Jesus’ life as the first of two volumes, knowing he would also recount the story of witnesses who told the world of its savior. After a summer in Luke we will begin the journey of Acts in September.

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