The grumbling of the religious leaders in today’s gospel is actually our holy hope: This Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. That our God seeks and saves the lost is not only a holy hope, it is our only hope. As the writer of 1 Timothy reminds us, “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Thanks be to God.
- Exodus 32:7-14--Moses begs the Lord to turn from anger against the Hebrews
- Psalm 51:1-10--Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love. (Ps. 51:1)
- 1 Timothy 1:12-17--Christ Jesus came for sinners
- Luke 15:1-10--Looking for the lost sheep, silver coin: Jesus eating with sinners
Sermon: Pastor Kathryn Gulbranson
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