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“A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.” —Luke 19:2
Reforming the Tax Code
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Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
One of the strongest themes that Luther injected into the reformation was the idea of the priesthood of all believers. Luther reminded the top heavy, medieval church, that the ministry we all share is not owned by the clergy, or bishops, cardinals, or even popes.
As members of the church, we all have the gifts and abilities and responsibilities to…
Proclaim the gospel
Teach the faith to our children
Live out our Christian vocation in the world, whether that happens in the home or the church or the office or as a soldier, a student, or a parent.
Zacchaeus was convinced that he could never again be included in the community of faith. He was too far gone. He was an outcast among his own people. So he climbed a tree to watch the messiah walk by. Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. Zacchaeus climbed a tree. Where do the lost hide today?
2. Read the passage again. Which came first, the proclamation by Jesus that “today salvation has come to this house,” or the promise to turn over a new leaf by Zacchaeus?
3. What can the church do to help lost people see Jesus?
This week imagine that you are a priest (or pastor). You could even imagine that you are wearing a clerical uniform everywhere you go like this man did to explore how people would react. What if you could pray for people, forgive sins, invite folks to worship, share your faith? You can do all of those things and more. You are part of the priesthood of all believers.
See you in church!