MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

Jesus and Zacchaeus

his Sunday scriptures are taken from the following bible verses:
* Isaiah 1:10-18;
*2 Tesalonika 1:1-4,11-12
*Luke 19:1-10
*Psalm 32:1-7

The other scriptures you can read by yourself. But we will go through together the Gospel reading from the Gospel Luke chapter 19:1-10.

The bible reading from the gospel Luke Chapter 19 verses 1 to 10 talks about Jesus meeting Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector and a rich man. When Jesus went to Jericho  and passing through, Zacchaeus was trying to see Jesus but he could not see because he was a little man among the crowd. So he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus who was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to Zacchaeus,"Hurry down, Zacchaeus, because i must stay in your house today."

Zacchaeus hurried down and welcomed Jesus with great joy. all the people who saw it started grumbling, "this man has gone as a guest to a home of a sinner!"

Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Listen sir! I will give half my belongings to the poor, and if i have cheated anyone, i will pay four times as much." Jesus said to him, "Salvation has come to this house today, for this man, also is a descendant of Abraham. The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."

Bible Discussions

Before we go onto our discussions, lets define what is Salvation? Salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ. or deliverance from harm, ruin or loss.

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector and everyone saw him as a sinner. but when Jesus went o Zacchaeus' house, they questioned, why is this very important and Holy man going to that sinner's house as a guest. It is seen that a Holy man going into a Sinner's house. We can see two scenarios here. Zacchaeus had a need to see Jesus to repent and seek salvation from the Lord. Jesus had a mission to bring salvation to everyone which was largely dependent on faith. For those who had faith in Jesus Christ received salvation. 

Now the people questioned why Jesus was going as a guest to the sinner's house. In Luke chapter 10 it says that the Son of Man came  to seek and save the lost. In the real world, if you are hungry, you will look for food to eat. if you are sick, you will seek medication for treatment. If you are lost, you seek for assistance in the way out. We are all sinners and we fall short of God's Glory. If we say we have no sin then we a deceiving ourselves. Jesus came to this world to save those who are lost in spirit. He came to deliver us from the prison of sin stan and death. God's Love for us immeasurable.

If we have faith in Jesus christ for salvation everyday then surely salvation will be ours. All we need to do is to seek God's Salvation through prayer and we will be save forever and ever. Amen.
Dedication Service for Congregation Executives




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