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Jesus was born in the most humble of circumstances. Not merely because it was in a manger, but because God wanted us to know that He understands. There was no room for Jesus in the inn. Do you have room for Him in your heart? Special music by Gary and Dori Drabek; Charlotte Focht and the Wilsons
Shepherds were ulikely recipients of news of Birth of Messiah. God rewarded their work, their wonder, their welcome, and their worship.
The question, “Surely not them, Lord?” is the thought challenged in this passage. Peter and those who were following Jesus were largely from a Jewish background and although Jesus had told his disciples that they would ‘make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19), and they hadn’t realised that making them Jewish converts would not even factor into that equation. So a major shift in thinking was needed. Through God’s help we can put aside our bias and tell the gospel to everyone, for God’s good news is for all people and God’s salvation is for all who put their trust in the Lord Jesus, who died on the cross for sinners like me and you and even 'them'.
This sermon is an invitation to look at where we might have found ourselves on the first Easter morning. How would you be like one of the women or one of the disciples, or like Peter? Imagine!
The Passover Meal is about being together and accepted as a family member. Family meals were a big part of the Jewish traditions and life. At Passover, the Jews remembered how they were part of a family, and how their nation was the family of God. God is their God, and they were his people. On Maundy Thursday, Jesus says, I am your God, and you are my family.
The story of Zacchaeus is really a story about citizenship. Zacchaeus tries to claim his citizenship by climbing a tree. Climbing the tree is symbolic of attempting to earn God’s favor by works. Often times when we are not confident in our identity we try to compensate by making ourselves look larger than we really are. When we are not confident in our identity, our citizenship we tend to look for trees to climb something to try and get God’s attention. We are shouting - “Hey God, look over here. Look at me. Look at all the effort I took to close the gap between you and me.”
Series: Journey Through the Bible. The goal is to help people understand the Bible - to get a start understand the importance of the complete Bible and encourage further study. This sermon is on Micah. Theme: Merciless people are at the mercy of God.