The Stranger

SERMON NOTES: 1-29-17
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Luke: On the Road With Jesus
Luke 7:11-17

“The Stranger”

Many of us know the story of Jesus healing Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus. That miracle of bringing a friend back to life is powerful. But this story of bringing back to life a stranger is intriguing.

Beyond just this scene, Scripture is filled with evidence that Jesus loves the estranged.

• We see this right here as Jesus is stirred by a stranger.

• We see this as Jesus spends time with Tax Collectors.

• We see this as Jesus showed compassion to prostitutes.

• We see this as Jesus healed and touched the social outcast.

Jesus loves the estranged.

But Jesus also calls us to love the Stranger.

The definition of “stranger” is a person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar.

As children we are taught not to talk to strangers. This is very good advice in the world we live in. But as adults our fear of the stranger has turned into apathy for the stranger in need. If people look different from us ethnically or racially, if people look different from us socioeconomically, if people act different from us we tend to stay away. But Jesus calls us to move towards, move towards the stranger, the one who is in need and love them into the community.

*Please note there is no audio for 1/29/17 as this was a Service Worship date.