Dear Mosaic Family,
Released in 1966, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is a classic Spaghetti Western. The story is set during the Civil War and revolves around three men who will stop at nothing to locate $200,000 in gold coins buried in an unmarked grave in Sad Hill Cemetery.
The film is an incredible testosterone-packed epic and should be watched by every man alive. Seriously, watch it. You will thank me later. It is filled with duels, cannons, gunfights, exploding bridges and buildings; men smoking cigars, drinking whiskey, and riding horses. Though the men really have absolutely nothing in common, they all share one simple unifying purpose: find the gold. They value the gold above everything else.
Why is it when Jesus preached publicly, the good, the bad, and the ugly always showed up to listen to what he had to say? We see this over and over throughout the gospels. It is not by coincidence that tax collectors and sinners, Pharisees and scribes, the outcasts and the elite were all drawn by his message.
By all outward appearances, these people could not be any more different, but there was a common denominator that they unknowingly shared. Time after time, they both came to hear the words of this obscure carpenter from Nazareth. What was it that Jesus had to say that captivated such a diverse group of curious listeners? What was it they all had in common? And more importantly, what controversial message did he proclaim that had them so spellbound?
Do you find it odd that some 2,000 years later, this same message is just as controversial and still attracts a very diverse audience? This Sunday we will look at this simple message in Luke 15:1-7 and how Jesus’ relationship with these radically diverse groups challenges us today, clarifies our role as followers of Jesus, and gives us great insight on what the Father values. When we understand what the Father values, it changes what we value as well.
- Jason Tallent, Church Planting Resident