This Sunday

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Meadowlake Livestream Online Gathering: Sunday, May 24, 2020

Song – The Lord is My Salvation (Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Nathan Nockels, Jonas Myrin)

The grace of God has reached for me,
And pulled me from the raging sea;
And I am safe on this solid ground;
The Lord is my salvation
I will not fear when darkness falls;
His strength will help me scale these walls;
I’ll see the dawn of the rising sun;
The Lord is my salvation

Who is like the Lord our God –
Strong to save, faithful in love?
My debt is paid, and the vict’ry won:
The Lord is my salvation!

My hope is hidden in the Lord;
He flow’rs each promise of his word
When winter fades, I know spring will come;
The Lord is my salvation
In times of waiting, times of need;
When I know loss, when I am weak;
I know his grace will renew these days;
The Lord is my salvation!

Who is like the Lord our God –
Strong to save, faithful in love?
My debt is paid, and the vict’ry won:
The Lord is my salvation!

And when I reach my final day;
He will not leave me in the grave;
But I will rise, He will call me home;
The Lord is my salvation!

Who is like the Lord our God –
Strong to save, faithful in love?
My debt is paid, and the vict’ry won:
The Lord is my salvation!

Glory be to God the Father!
Glory be to God the Son!
Glory be to God the Spirit!

The Lord is our salvation!Who is like the Lord our God –
Strong to save, faithful in love?
My debt is paid, and the vict’ry won:
The Lord is my salvation! 

©2016 Getty Music Publishing (BMI); Sweater Weather Music (ASCAP)/ Capitol CMG Paragon (BMI)/ Son of the Lion (BMI)

Song – How Great is Our God (Chris Tomlin; Jesse Reeves; Ed Cash)

How great is our God, sing with me,
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God!

Age to age He stands, and time is in His hands,
Beginning and the end, beginning and the end.
The Godhead, three in one: Father, Spirit, Son,
The Lion and the Lamb, the Lion and the Lamb.

How great is our God, sing with me,
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God!

Name above all names, Worthy of all praise,
My heart will sing how great is our God.

How great is our God, sing with me,
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God!
2004 worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing);sixsteps Music; Alletrop Music

Song – All Glory Be to Christ (Dustin Kensrue)

Should nothing of our efforts stand, no legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house, in vain its builders strive
To you who boast tomorrow’s gain, tell me what is your life?
A mist that vanishes at dawn; all glory be to Christ!
All glory be to Christ, our King
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

His will be done, His kingdom come, on earth as is above
Who is Himself our daily bread, praise Him the Lord of love
Let living water satisfy the thirsty without price;
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet; all glory be to Christ!
All glory be to Christ, our King
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

When on the day the great I AM, the Faithful and the True
The Lamb who was for sinners slain is making all things new.
Behold, our God shall live with us and be our steadfast light
And we shall e’er His people be; all glory be to Christ!
All glory be to Christ, our King
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!
©2012 We Are Younger We Are Faster (ASCAP)/Dead Bird Theology (ASCAP); Music: Scottish Traditional

Sermon: People Who Met Jesus – Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

Intro –

[Read the Text]

1. The Desire of Zacchaeus (v1-4).

A) His Predicament. Zacchaeus was rich, but he had a problem. He had position, power, privilege, and prosperity, but he did not have peace. Something within him was driving him to meet Jesus.

B) His Problem.

C) His Persistence.

2. The Grace of Jesus (v5).

I must stay at your house.”

See the heart of God here!

This explains the persistence of Zacchaeus in the first place. He was seeking Jesus because Jesus was seeking him. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (John 6:44). When God wants to save someone, he drives them to Jesus!

3. The Response of Zacchaeus (v6, 8). How did Zacchaeus respond to Jesus’ unexpected grace?

(1) Quick Obedience (“he hurried and came down”).

(2) Joyful Reception of Jesus (“and received him joyfully”).

(3) Costly Repentance. This meeting with Jesus has transformed his heart and slaughtered his greed! Zacchaeus has found a new Treasure in Christ that is better than all this world can give!

In Luke 3, John the Baptist is calling people to repent, and explains what a new heart of repentance looks like: “Bear fruits in keeping with repentance” (3:8). When the people asked him what to do, he answered: “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” Tax collectors are to “collect no more than you are authorized to do”. Soldiers are told to “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages” (3:10-14). That’s what repentance looks like on the outside. Calvin wrote, “Repentance begins in the heart, but is then evidenced by works.”

God transforms us from greedy to generous.

We also see that this transformation was the work of God himself! Jesus had just said (in the previous chapter) that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. His disciples were amazed, and asked, “Then who can be saved?” But Jesus said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God (Lk 18:27). Now Luke has shown us that it is truly possible for God to transform a greedy heart and bring salvation.

4. The Response of the Crowd (v7). They grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”

In Luke 15, sinners were coming to Jesus, and the religious leaders complained: “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Lk 15:2). In Luke 5, some Pharisees made the same complaint to Jesus, and this is how he answered them: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Lk 5:31-32).

5. The Pronouncement of Jesus (v9-10). Jesus makes a clear pronouncement about Zacchaeus: “Today salvation has come to this house.” The sinner has met the Savior!

Jesus also says that Zacchaeus is “a Son of Abraham.” He is not commenting on his bloodline. Everyone already knew that Zacchaeus was a Jew, a descendant of Abraham. Jesus meant that this man is now a true son of Abraham, a part of the true people of God! As Paul wrote, “Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham” (Gal 3:7, see also Luke 3:8).

Jesus then makes a clear pronouncement about his mission. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Conclusion:

Have you experienced grace in the presence of Jesus?

 

Song – Be Thou My Vision (Dallon Forgaill)

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, First in my heart
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

Questions for Discussion & Application:

  • Zacchaeus was a rich and powerful man. Was that enough to give him peace and satisfaction?
  • What does that say about our idols – the things we crave and run after, besides God?
  • It wasn’t easy for Zacchaeus to see Jesus. What did it require?
  • Imagine a rich and powerful business man climbing a tree in a public place! What does this suggest about what was going on in Zacchaeus’ heart?
  • Can we usually be concerned about our own dignity and appearance before others and still meet Jesus?
  • Describe the grace of Jesus displayed in this passage. What does all this tell us about Jesus?
  • What did Jesus mean when he said he “must” stay at Zacchaeus’ house?
  • What fruit did Zacchaeus show as evidence that his heart was being transformed by Jesus?
  • Describe the change of treasure in this passage.
  • What was Jesus’ mission (v10)? How does this relate to the mission of Jesus’ followers?
  • We are beginning to see how Jesus treated outcasts and sinners. How should this shape how we treat people?