Blog — October 7

Just before the Passover feast, Jesus sits with his disciples. By this time, Satan has already persuaded Judas in his heart to betray Christ. Jesus knew His time is soon to come and that God is entrusting all things into His hands. Jesus shows us humility as He goes from one disciple to the next, bowing before each man and washing his feet—a servant’s task rather than the Lord’s task.

As Jesus comes around the room, He explains to Peter (even though he wouldn’t understand just yet (John 13:7)) that he can only belong to Him if he is cleansed. We are washed by the blood of Christ and made spotless so that we can eat with Jesus at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Just as Jesus washed the disciples’ feet to help them understand, we must serve others with a heart humbled for Christ so they are able to see Him in our acts (v. 14-17). Nevertheless, Judas leaves the feast to betray Christ. After this, Jesus once again presses the importance of loving others (v. 34). To love others as He loves us can be a struggle if we do not lay down our pride and humble ourselves. Now we, who are full of His love, must reach out and show His love to others.

Furthermore, In John 14:1-31, Jesus leaves more parting words with his disciples. He discusses many aspects about what is to come, but two aspects stand out—the exclusiveness of how to enter heaven and the role of the Holy Spirit. The only way to enter heaven is by allowing Christ to cleanse us (v. 6). Unless we are cleansed by his blood as the disciples were cleansed when the Lord washed their feet, we cannot truly know Him. Likewise, the Spirit’s biggest role in our life is said in verse 26: “When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

October 4 Sermon Recording

Speaker: Rev. Sam Robinson

Sermon Recording: Click here to listen or download.

No handout this week.

Blog — October 1

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” (Luke 19:5-6).

It would be fascinating to be able to read deeper into the minds of the characters in the New Testament. If this were possible, two of those I would love to know more about are Lazarus and Peter. Moreover, I wonder what was in Zacchaeus’ mind when he climbed to the tree. Did he do it out of curiosity? Was he smitten by Jesus’ fame? Today, it would be something similar to those who line up to see the stars on the red carpets of Hollywood.

I can’t help to think that it never crossed Zacchaeus’ mind that Jesus was going to visit his house on that day.  In our reading of the gospels, it is clear that Jesus was always looking for an excuse to enter the homes of those He loved. Those homes became His homes since He didn’t have one; they were a resting place for Him.

Jesus wants to stay in your house. Is He in your house?

When Jesus enters our houses everything changes—everything is rearranged.  He begins to clean up all of our messes. That’s exactly what happened in the life of Zacchaeus. At this point, you may start to think, “Well I still have some dirty laundry around my house.” That is not a problem for Jesus. What is important to Him is that you welcome Him every day. He simply wants to be part of your daily life. As long as He is welcomed in your house, we can be assured that our lives will only get better.

Today, do as Zacchaeus did and gladly welcome Jesus into your house.