Reformation Sunday 2022 (October 30)
Zacchaeus is a lonely man. He is a lonely fortress, locked down and locked out of relationship.
Jesus will restore him to relationship with his community by freeing Zacchaeus, enabling vulnerability and forgiveness.
This is what Jesus does.
The mighty fortress, who is our God, becomes the vulnerable and lonely one on the cross, so that we can have relationship with God and each other.
Note: I realize that this sermon did not directly address some of the common reformation themes or life of Martin Luther, but I would like to offer it as a Reformation sermon. For it proclaims the Word as Law and Gospel, expounding the power of grace poured out from the cross and faith lived out in real life.
(The image comes from: https://sanctuarybaptist.org/2016/10/30/true-stories-at-the-zacchaeus-tree/ I did not see any credit for the artist or any copyright image there)