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Life Changing Gratitude: The Rejected
November 5, 2017

Life Changing Gratitude: The Rejected

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Life Changing Gratitude

This week in our series “Life Changing Gratitude,” we turn to a story that is so familiar that we fail to understand its true power! The sermon, “The Rejected” turns to Luke 19:1-10, and the story of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a person who was isolated and rejected by most of the people around him. His only associates were probably just as rejected as Zacchaeus. Maybe at one point he may have taken pride in his rejection and was proud of his accumulation of wealth and things, but they could not fill Zacchaeus with what he needed! Zacchaeus had heard about this Jesus; how he receive sinners and told them God’s love for the rejected, not just the righteous! The casual story of Jesus passing through becomes a moment of life changing gratitude that become obvious to this entire city! As you read this simple and well known story, notice how deeply Zacchaeus desires to see Jesus and how Jesus gives him this moment of radical change!  However, this moment in the life of Zacchaeus also helps us to understand how we can find a life altering gratitude in our lives. Luke 19:1-10: Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over thecrowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 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.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out ofanything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (NIV)

 

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