Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, from Psalm 112 & Luke 14:1 & 7-14.
It is a very human thing to expect payment for a kindness that is rendered. It was a part of the 1st century culture and our’s too. Jesus challenges this supposed cultural norm and counters human nature, as he is builds his kingdom of righteousness and justice that doesn’t exclude people because of their disabilities or economic status or inability to repay a benefactor. Jesus shows us true justice.
The person who pursues justice humbles themselves to be exalted and they lend generously to those who can’t repay. Yet they are trusting God who repays and validates the honor of those who fear him. This is the good news of the gospel. It is the drama of the Communion as well. In the Lord’s Supper, we see Jesus providing the feast of his body and blood for those who have no righteousness and are impoverished, having no ability to make themselves just. This sermon encourages us to keep an eye on the righteousness of eternity provided through Christ in order to live justly today.