Readings for March 17 to 23

Jesus Welcomes Sinners Like Zacchaeus
March 17, 2013
Luke 18:31-19:10

Key Verse: “[Jesus said] ‘For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’” Luke 19:10

Time: 27-30 C.E.

Since Last Week: Jesus continued to lift up the Gentiles and sinners, and to require more of people than they were capable of giving. His hearers continued not to understand when he spoke of suffering and death. They still believed Jesus would become a king who could conquer Rome.

Background: Jesus healed a blind man, which was an indication that Jesus’ true nature would be revealed soon to the faithful. He also restored a penitent Zacchaeus to a more honorable position within his community. Zacchaeus gave back more than he took; possibly foreshadowing to the extravagant generosity of the gift of life that Jesus would give.

Community: Who in your community has fallen from grace? How might they be restored? What part can you play in lifting up those who have fallen?

At Home: How focused are you on fairness? Could you give more than is fair? How might such generosity change you? How might it change the ones to whom you give?

Read This Week:
Monday: Parable of the Ten Pounds, Luke 19:11-28
Tuesday: Jesus Cleanses the Temple, Luke 19:45- 20:8
Wednesday: Parable of Wicked Tenants, Luke 20:9-19
Thursday:  Jesus is Questioned, Luke 20:20-47
Friday: The Widow’s Offering, Luke 21:1-19
Saturday: Destruction of Jerusalem Foretold, Luke 21:20-38

Next Week: Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem, Luke 19:29-44


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