The People of a Second Chance movement is doing a poster series based on the question of who you would give a second chance to. The images are arresting and so impacting for me, both as an artist and as a passionate proponent of God’s grace. Who have we decided is beyond the scope of God’s restoring love, or our acceptance? Those are heart-probing questions we shouldn’t answer too quickly.
This Sunday we’ll be continuing our study in the gospel of Luke, and we’ll read chapter 19:1-10. It’s the story of Zacchaeus, or Zack to his friends. (By the by, I did a re-telling of his story in my webcomic Rabbi Encounters, and you can read it HERE)
Zack is the New Testament poster child for second-chancers. He had everything going against him socially and religiously, he was easy to categorize and label. Bad guy. Done and done. Except that Jesus strolls into town and ruins everything.
Are there people you have trouble accepting, or applying the love of God to? How does Jesus’ attitude, behavior and words toward Zack speak to that? Does it change your attitude toward someone if you imagine that Jesus has accepted them?
Have you felt labeled because of your social status or appearance or (you name it)? What do we learn from Jesus’ interaction with Zack that can help us find our identity in something OTHER than the crowd’s approval?
Jesus’ love ruins our labels, and his grace tramples down all our neat categories as his kingdom invades this world. How can we work in harmony with that?
Hope you can be there Sunday, should be a good section to explore!