Wednesday, March 30th, 2022
Bible Reading • Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
“Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Do you believe?
More specifically, do you believe in Jesus?
Jesus believes in YOU!
Jesus believes in all things, what exactly does that mean?
Jesus is the most optimistic human ever known, He believes in goodness and that every person is worthy, worthy and deserving of love. This is evident by Jesus becoming human, living the human existence and experiencing all the things you and I do. Jesus sees the hearts of people, not their circumstances or economical situations. In fact, Jesus sought out those individuals that most tried to avoid. Bible story after Bible stories, we see Jesus with the marginal in society; prostitutes, tax collectors, the sick and diseased, the poor and the homeless. Jesus also talked with the religious leaders of the day, though they were not overly impressed with Jesus’ lack of adherence to their coveted rules that routinely excluded people solely based on who they were and where they came from. With Jesus, all are welcome.
The story is Zacchaeus was a favorite of mine when I was a kid in Sunday school. We even sang a song about “Zacchaeus was a Wee Little Man.”
Zacchaeus longed to see the man called Jesus, and Jesus knew this and sought him out. Jesus made Zacchaeus’ wish come true, not only would Zacchaeus see Jesus but Jesus invited himself to his home. This meeting would change Zacchaeus’ life forever. Upon meeting Jesus, the true nature of his heart was revealed. Jesus knows the hearts of all people and takes time with those with receptive hearts to God’s Word.
I’m so very happy that Jesus saved me, I was blind but now I see. I was lost and now I’m found. Jesus is always teaching me lessons in life. Everyone deserves grace and mercy, even when their actions may be questionable. Trust in God and leave the judgments to Him. We are not able to see into the hearts of others, truly God can.
Trust me friends, I share these thoughts not because I consistently adhere to them, no I struggle and stumble, but I am able to start anew each and every day because of the grace afforded me by Jesus my Savior, and through His great mercy I am made new. The Apostle Paul writes this, “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
📚 • 📚 Further Study 📚 • 📚
The Calling of Matthew
Jesus Teaches Nicodemus
The Burial of Jesus
Made Alive in Christ
Thanksgiving and Prayer
A Call to Persevere in Faith
Friends — Thank you for visiting my blog today. As you can tell I love Jesus and I love Disney. Godly wisdom is all around us, we only need to be open to hearing it and always looking for opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus. ~ Peace
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.