The Gospel According To Jesus - Week Eight: "The First Shall Be Last & the Last Shall Be First"
Today, we are concluding the sermon series that will take us through September as we explore the Gospel lectionary texts from Matthew.
This sermon series will take us through some of the key teachings and lessons from the life of Jesus as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel—to hear the Good News directly from Jesus himself.
Many people in our current culture claim to speak for Jesus, yet when you hold up what they are saying next to the actual words of Jesus, it doesn't add up.
This is why it's important to go directly to the source and read Jesus's stories and teachings. If we are going to call ourselves Jesus-followers, it makes sense to know what he wanted us to do to follow him more fully.
Today, we will read a story that Jesus told about how upside-down things are in God’s economy of grace.
Let the Christian man, then, conform his prayers to this rule in order that they may be in common and embrace all who are his brothers in Christ, not only for those whom he at the present sees and recognizes as such but all men who dwell on earth. for what God has determined concerning them is beyond our knowing except that it is no less godly than humane to wish and hope the best for them. (Institutes 3.20.38) - John Calvin
Christians should want everyone to experience inclusion in God's kingdom, regardless of how or when it happens. We should be for everyone, praying for them, hoping the best for them, and never giving up on what God can do.