On the Way To The Cross – An Unliked Man

On the Way To The Cross  – An Unliked Man

Here is a list of the top eight professions that someone has who commits suicide:

  • Dentist – 6.64 time greater percentage
  • Medical Doctor
  • Veterinarians
  • Armed Forces
  • Lawyers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Hospice Workers
  • Abortion Clinic Workers

What is it about serving people which drags these professionals down to depression?

LACK OF APPRECIATION

Let’s look at Jesus on his way to Jerusalem:

  • He told the disciples about His upcoming death and resurrection;
  • They fought over who would be the greatest;
  • He healed a blind beggar just outside of Jericho;
  • Now he enters the city of Jericho and does something not thought well of by other people.

Luke 19:1-10

                        1 “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

                 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

                        7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

                        8 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 of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

                 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.””

Jesus broke some social laws in this passage:

  1. No matter how important a person is they do not invite themselves over to someone else’s house.
  2. No good Jew would associate with a tax collector.

The result of a Jew choosing the life of a tax collector:

  • Family disowns you
  • Never be allowed to worship in a synagogue
  • You would be looked at “as bad as a murderer”

What his job entailed:

  • Collect the taxes to give to the Romans.
  • He would add a percentage on top of what the Romans were asking for.
  • Two Taxes: Customs tax and a sales tax.
  • He would hire collectors under him.
  • He would likely be very rich even without cheating.

JESUS, IN HIS LAST FEW DAYS OF LIFE, NOTICES A PHYSICALLY LIMITED TRAITOR AND VALUES HIM

Look at how Zacchaeus responded to this act of being valued:

  • He gave half his possessions to the poor ;
  • Will pay back four times the amount to anyone he has cheated;
  • He is ready to pay back much more than is required of him.

How we tend to see ourselves:

  • We judge our worth by our appearance (How do I look?)
  • We judge our worth by out achievement (What have I accomplished?)
  • We judge our worth on approval (How well am I liked?)
  • We judge our worth by our affluence (Do I have enough toys?)

How the devil wants us to see ourselves:

  • Discourage you
  • Disillusion you

How Jesus sees you:

  • He notices you
  • He wants to be with you
  • He wants to lift you up

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND HOW GOD THINKS ABOUT YOU

IT CHANGES HOW YOU THINK AND LOOK AT LIFE.

When you understand how much God values you…

  • You don’t need to receive your validation from others
  • You don’t need to rely on spouse to lift you up
  • You don’t need to draw attention to yourself

Here is how Jesus sees you.

  • You are likeable;
  • You are worth his while;
  • You are valuable and important;
  • He has compassion on all of your limitations!

God does not value

  • Looks
  • Money
  • Accomplishments
  • Fame

 

 

 

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