Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Jesus Will Teach Us to Pray

The Lord’s Prayer Luke 11:1-2 The Reading One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name…” (Luke 11:1-2) Reflection The first step in learning something new is to admit that you know nothing about it. The second step is to ask someone to teach you. The…

Jesus Declares that Zacchaeus is Saved – Luke 19:9

“Today salvation has come to this house,” Jesus told him, “because he too is a son of Abraham. (Luke 19:9) Pastor John’s Notes: Of the countless number of stories of Jesus’ life and ministry, Luke included this story purposefully. The people of Jesus’ day considered tax collectors to be traitors not only to God’s people but also to God Himself. Zacchaeus’ core allegiance was to the pagan emperor in Rome. If Jesus came to save Zacchaeus, then anyone can be…

Zacchaeus Was Transformed – Luke 19:8

But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, I’ll give half of my possessions to the poor, Lord. And if I have extorted anything from anyone, I’ll pay back four times as much.” (Luke 19:8) Pastor John’s Notes: We have no way of knowing what Jesus said, but it had an effect on Zacchaeus. He immediately repented of his sin and promised to make restitution. Zaccheus became a new man. Jesus has this effect on everyone he meets…

People Complained – Luke 19:7

All who saw it began to complain, “He’s gone to stay with a sinful man.” (Luke 19:7) Pastor John’s Notes: When Jesus went to the home of Zacchaeus, a tax collector for the Roman government, people complained. Tax collectors were considered traitors to their people. Jesus was upsetting the social order by associating with such a man. But Jesus understood his mission was to seek and save the lost. Zacchaeus was lost, so Jesus intended to save him. Simple. In…

Zacchaeus Welcomed Jesus Joyfully – Luke 19:5-6

When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today it is necessary for me to stay at your house.” So he quickly came down and welcomed him joyfully. (Luke 19:5-6) Pastor John’s Notes: As Christians, we often think that most people are antagonistic toward religion. Not so! In fact, human beings are “wired” for God. Wherever Jesus went, people were restored to God. Zacchaeus climbed the tree because he…