Sunday March 31st is EASTER SUNDAY! We will not have our regular SALUTATION evening. Instead we will have a more traditional Easter service which will be exactly the same as our morning service that day. Please come and join us at 5pm for this service!
Sunday April 7th - we will have a film night! As we have been spending time looking stories by and about Jesus over the past few months, we now will watch a film about the life of Jesus as a summary of all of the stories put together. Please join us at the usual 5pm start time!
In our discussions we learned some things about Zacchaeus by observing the story: he was short, wealthy, he held a 'chief' position and had a bad reputation (a 'sinner'). But he urgently wanted to see Jesus and so was willing to sacrifice his dignity by running AND climbing up a tree. We also learned some things about Jesus: He knows all things (knew Zacchaeus by name; picked him out of the crowd etc.), He cared about people whom others despised, and He 'came to seek and save the lost'. Further, we learned some things about 'salvation'. This is the term Jesus used to describe what happened to Zacchaeus. We don't have a lot of details in the description but we do know that he made a 180 degree turn in his life (sometimes known as repentance) - before he took advantage of people for his own gain; now he is giving up everything in order to serve the needs of others. The gospel had radically changed everything about him.
It is not often that Luke tells why Jesus told a parable to his disciples; yet in Luke 18, we read, “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). The parable speaks of a widow advocating for justice against her adversary before an unjust judge. Jesus goes on to say that if an unjust judge finally offers justice, how
much more God will bring forth justice. The story has so much to say about God’s passion for justice; it has so much to say to God’s children about how to pray for an advocate for God’s
justice in God’s world. What thoughts do you have from our study of this important parable?