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Friend or Foe?



In part 2 of this collection, Louie Giglio explores how Jesus treated people and demonstrates throughout Scripture whether Jesus is a friend or a foe.

Key Takeaway

We are all sinners. The good news is that Jesus is a friend of sinners and has come to seek and to save the lost. If we want to be His friend, then we have to choose to follow His ways and let Him lead us into drastic life change that will lead to abundant life.

As Jesus is walking through Jericho, he sees a man named Zacchaeus up in a tree trying to get a glimpse.

Zacchaeus is a tax collector, who worked for Rome and became incredibly wealthy off of swindling the populations. However, he was interested in Jesus and asking, who is He?

If you're a sinner, Jesus is a friend of sinners. He came to seek and to save the lost. He has a gravitational pull towards those who aren't quite there yet. He loved to invite Himself to dinner of those who don't know fully who He is yet. The good news is we are all sinners.

Pastor Louie gave an illustration of how he taught someone how to do instastories. He was super confident, but he had only been doing them for about 30 days at that point. Yet, he couldn't believe the person did the first story wrong. He noted, isn't is amazing how fast we get it and then we get frustrated with people who haven't gotten it? Once we're searching and find it, we get so impatient with those still searching to find what we found.

We have to exercise wisdom, discernment, Spirit led leadership in life. If we see something in a fellow believer that we don't understand, but has a proven record of faithfulness, we should recognize that we don't know the entire situation and should trust what we do know about that person. We often discount a lifetime of faith in Christ all because we think we know the way Christians should act, where they should be and what they should do and they aren't doing things the way we would. People constantly give opinions that no one ever asked for. Jesus rebukes this kind of behavior in Matthew 23. If he wasn't to eat with sinners, he would have had to eat every meal alone.

1) Jesus was observing the moment.

2) Jesus was intentional in looking for Zacchaeus.

3) Jesus called him by name.

4) Zacchaeus drastically changed his life.

Jesus isn't just a good friend, He's a God friend. Things change and shift around Him. Life isn't in Jesus being your friend, life is found in life in Jesus because the road He is on is the way to Life.

Luke 18:18-23 is the narrative of the rich, young ruler who asked Jesus what he needed to have eternal life. Jesus told him and he walked away sad. Jesus wanted to be his friend, but he didn't want to be a follower, so their roads diverged. Zacchaeus wanted to be His friend and chose to follow him and their paths merged.

Being a friend of Jesus invites the transformational power of Jesus into our lives and we change. We become friends and followers and you can't stay the same. What you love changes.

Don't be afraid to be associated with those who have been left behind. We're not to cloister, we are to go and spread the Gospel, to seek and save what is lost.


"We become friends and followers of Jesus; we can't stay the same."

Louie Giglio

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Scripture References

  • Luke 19:1-10
  • Joshua 6
  • Matthew 9:9-13
  • Luke 15:1-2
  • Luke 18:18-23
  • Luke 18: 35-43
  • Luke 7:38
  • John 8:1-11
  • Luke 23:39-43
  • John 4
  • Matthew 23
  • Matthew 8:1-4
Louie Giglio

Global Pastor

Louie Giglio Louie Giglio is the Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement, comprised of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing and sixstepsrecords, and the founder of Passion Institute.