Summary: An Expository Sermon On Luke 6:20-26 on The Kind Of People Who Receive God’s Blessings And The Kind Of People Who Receive His Disfavor.
Are You on God’s A-List or Blacklist? (Part 2)
Luke Sermon Series #20 April 29th, 2001
Text: Luke 6:20-26
Introduction: You have probably heard of Galileo and how about 400 hundred years ago he argued that Aristotle was wrong about gravity. If you took two objects with one heavier than the other, Aristotle had said if one was ten pounds and the other was one pound, the ten-pound object would fall ten times faster. Well Galileo said, ’No. They will fall at the same speed.’ But nobody paid any attention to him. They thought that he was a little crazy. They simply dismissed it, because obviously he was wrong. But then he climbed up the leaning tower of Pisa. He took with him two objects, one heavier than the other, and he dropped them over the edge. To the amazement of the crowd, the heavier one did not fall faster than the light one. The answer to this scientific question was not what everyone was so certain was obviously true.
The same can be said for certain spiritual questions also, such as the question: "What type of people does God favor?", or put another way, "Who would be on God’s A-list?" and "Who would be on God’s Blacklist? To people 2,000 years ago the answer to this question seemed obvious and certain. God’s A-list was comprised of the "good people" - upstanding citizens, popular and well-liked, religious people, those who had in a sense "arrived" and were satisfied. God’s Blacklist was comprised of those who were the rejects of society. Those who were failures, wicked, admitted sinners who were unpopular and rejected. Clearly such people would not be on God’s A-list! Jesus comes along and like Galelio reveals that the popular answer was the wrong answer. In fact the popular assumption about who God approved and disapproved of was totally erroneous.
Those people who were thought by themselves and others to be God’s favorites were actually on God’s blacklist and those whom were thought by themselves and others to especially offensive and rejected by God were actually the ones with the most potential to be on God’s A-list.
How about you and me? Are we on God’s A-list or His Blacklist? Are we in a position to receive God’s applause or His condemnation? Are we approved or disapproved? Blessed or cursed? This seems to me to be a very important question with considerable ramifications for this life and the one to come. On such an important question I’m glad that we are not left guess work. Jesus has answered the important question of who is on God’s A-list and Blacklist in Luke chapter 6. He has given us God’s criteria, which is the only criteria that really counts.
Read Luke 6:20-26
This is message #20 as we continue our weekly message series out of the book of Luke. In this passage Jesus Gives us four characteristics of those on God’s A-list and Blacklist. Last week we also looked at this same Bible passage and noted first of all that Jesus is using figurative language to express spiritual characteristics. We then covered the first characteristic of those on God’s A-list and Blacklist.