2011-03-21 - What Would Zacchaeus Say?
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." (Luke 19:5)
Even though I am vertically challenged, I did my best to catch a glimpse of Jesus as He was passing through Jericho. I am a short man, no way to hide it. So I climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see past the crowds. I was determined to not look down, as I made each careful step to what I hoped was a safe and steady branch. It gave me a perfect view to see Jesus. My intention was not to draw attention to myself, rather to stay out of view.
Jesus saw me in the tree and called out my name. How would He know that? Guess I am more famous that I realized. Jesus wanted me to quickly come down, for He was going to my house today. The crowd was disgusted that Jesus would pick me over them. I used all my strength to climb down without tripping or falling. Once I got to stable ground, I blissfully took Jesus to my home. I was well-known in the tax collecting business - and rather comfortable financially. As a chief tax collector, I contract with the government to collect taxes, and in turn, hire others to actually do the work.
I told Jesus from now on, I would give half of my wealth to the poor, and if a person is overcharged on his taxes, I would repay him four times as much. Jesus had made an impact on me, and it showed in how I changed the way I looked at things and situations.
Lord, My flesh no longer leads my habits and lifestyles. I bring them to You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Suppose Zacchaeus had a phobia of heights, and never got to converse with Jesus. What would his life be like?