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Welcome to Ambassadors of Christ. We are a group of Holiness congregations who are independent. Our goal as Holiness People is to declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that we are made Holy--Not because of who we are, but because of who Jesus Christ is. Below you will find a video that explains our mission as Christians.
This sermon was originally prepared for a Summer class by Rev. Richard Lee, and was later delivered as the opening of Ambassadors of Christ Theological Synod 76 General Assembly. May this message permiate your heart, thinking and actions; as we find our way to being Ambassadors of Christ and the Church where the Unwanted are Welcome.
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Scripture: Passage/Text: Luke 19:1-10
1Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it.
2 Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.
3 He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.”
6 So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully.
7 And when the people saw it, they all complained, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham!
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
The Main Idea: As Christians, we are called to view people on the basis of their potential for the Glory of God, and abstain from finding faults.
Goal for Life Application: The goal of this passage is that we would see Jesus and others from a different perspective than just a religion, and that we would seek Him sincerely so that We Would Be Found.
When I was young, I loved climbing trees. Climbing a tree takes some skills, to figure out how to get up a tree, and there is also skill to determine how to get down as well. But the truth is, that no matter how good you are at climbing trees, there is no way to climb a tree in a dignified way. But the benefit of climbing a tree is that I could see things from a different point of view.
The great thing about climbing a tree is that we can gain a new perspective of who Jesus is. Our need is to see Jesus with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength. If we are willing to do whatever it takes, even if it may be undignified, to see Jesus, then He promised, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened,” (Matthew 7:7).
Whatever circumstances got you up a tree; you are in the right place to see Jesus. As we look at the Word of God, let us look at what God says about being up a tree.
desires to see Jesus. (vs.1-3)
He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature;
Why Did Zacchaeus desire to see Jesus? Israel was under Roman occupation. People like Zacchaeus who worked for the oppressor extracted an unfair tax. They earned their living by adding an extra surcharge for themselves. These Jews who worked with the Romans were considered traitors. In the sight of the Romans Zacchaeus a person to be used for personal, gain of the Roman.
To the Jewish society Zacchaeus was lower than a pig. To them, he was lower than the lowest unclean animal. To the Jews, Zacchaeus was like a dog who returns to its vomit. Zacchaeus may have had wealth, and a nice home, but when it comes to community, Zacchaeus was socially and spiritually unacceptable.
sets his dignity aside and climbs a tree just to see Jesus (v.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.
There are a few thoughts that relate to this passage. There are times when we find ourselves treated like Zacchaeus. I suspect that Zacchaeus went up into a tree so that he could see Jesus, but for fear, or anxiety, that he will be seeing Jess really soon—the Son of God—it is very possible that he was scared out of his wits to be seen by the Son of God so he could be hidden. It is possible that in Zacchaeus’ thinking that if Jesus, the Messiah would look at him and he would be rejected. What would he do if Jesus rejected him? What about us? When Jesus passes by us, what are those things that we hide from Jesus as He walks by?
So What? (Why we need to know this – connecting passage with need)
Jesus called us, and calls us still to realize that we are broken, we are lost, we are sinners, and we may have everything, but without realizing that we are nothing without Jesus. We need to realize that circumstances are actually opportunities to respond to Christ and press in to Him, and like our passage has shown, be transformed, knowing that Jesus sees, knows, and calls us out of those circumstances for the glory of God. It is also important to realize that Jesus does not care about what people may think, he is more concerned with the potential of the person.
For those who identify with the Church, we have responsibility to stop trying to tell God what he meant, and do what we are called to do and look at people in the same way that Jesus does. We are called to this because Jesus purpose is not for a religious group, but to see and save the lost.
The question now becomes, What about you?
YOU I want you to take some time and consider where you are with Jesus. If you have a solid relationship with Jesus, that is great. For you, I want you to look at those opportunities, or lost opportunities, and I want you not only to see them, but realize that these were your God given opportunities to glorify Him; and they were missed. They were missed because you may have been like the crowd, looking at people in their circumstances and judging them according to their circumstances instead of with the Christ Like Possibilities that Scripture tells us to do.
If you are here today and you have not come to know who Jesus is as Savior and Lord, I invite you to come and receive Him now. You may be someone who has been really good at following the rules and regulations of religion, but you have come to realize that you do not have the relationship with Christ that you should. I want to reassure you that you will not be judged, because we are going to be intentional and look at you with the potential that Jesus looks at you.
There are a few ways that youn make your decision known. We do not have a whole bunch of space here, but you can pray where you are asking Jesus into your heart, then on your welcome card, there is a decision section. Please add your name and your decision, and a phone number or email address for us to contact you.
If you are watching us online at YouTube, please look in the description box below this video. At the end of this video, click the link Decision link. You will be redirected to the church contact page, fill in the information and send your decision. We will contact you to follow up. If you are viewing this video from the Church Website, click on the Connect Link and share your decision.
WE: As we close this time together, remember that as Christians we are called to be His Ambassadors. This means that, in Christlikeness, we are called to view people on the basis of their potential for the Glory of God, and abstain from finding faults.
Let us say the follwing statement together: Jesus, Let Me See People in the Same Way That You See People. As we leave this opening session of the General Assembly of Ambassadors of Christ Theological Synod, let us remember to pray “Jesus, Let me see people in the same way that You see people.