Out of the Spotlight (Week 8): “E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One”

Cameron Sapaugh, Theology Student – Matthew 10:4, Mark 3:18

This week concludes the “Out of the Spotlight” sermon series, in which Redemption Bible Church learns of several less well-known characters in the Bible. Cameron Sapaugh teaches us about Simon the Zealot and his relationship with Matthew. We know a lot about the famous Simon, Simon Peter, Christ’s closest disciple. But what do we know about the less well known Simon, Simon the Zealot. You may have just passed over this name when reading through the Gospels, but there is a reason that the Gospel authors make sure to identify this Simon as Simon the Zealot. As we know one of Christ’s other disciples, Matthew, is himself a tax collector. One would expect these two men to not get along at all but through the Gospel we see two individuals with widely different views putting aside their differences and working together for Jesus Christ. There are a lot of things that divide us today. Race. Socio-economic status. Politics. And yet, Christ has broken down every barrier that divides us. In Christ, we should embrace one another.