The Jesus Creed
Feb 29, 2016
We are right in the middle of Lent and our sermon series The Jesus Creed. As you'll recall, the Jesus Creed is this: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'" A simple answer to the the question a lawyer had of Jesus long ago: "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" A simple answer to the same question we still ponder today.
Gaining eternal life is that simple. Through faith in Him, we are led to love God totally and completely, with every ounce of our body. Likewise, we are led to love our neighbors, our fellow man, as ourselves. That means treating others with the same love and respect we want to be treated with, no matter their race, tongue, sex, size, shape, occupation, location and so on. Blind love. The Golden Rule.
Jesus sets many examples of blind love for us throughout the Bible. Last week, Pastor's sermon focused on the story of Zacchaeus, a wealthy, diminutive tax collector that was not held very fondly by others. We all know the story and can remember the words and tune of the Sunday School song, but the key is Jesus' blind love for Zacchaeus. When Jesus invited himself to Zacchaeus home, the crowd responded "He has gone to the be the guest of a sinner." Eureka! Jesus' blind love for Zacchaeus disregarded his previous ways. In turn, Zacchaeus showed his blind love for Jesus and others, turning away from his devious deeds. He swore to give half his wealth to the poor and payback fourfold anyone he had cheated before.
What a great example of how we should treat our neighbors everyday, regardless of their previous sins, as we are sinners forgiven by Jesus ourselves.