Seeing Jesus

Daily reading: Luke 18:31-19:10
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Focus passage: Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through town. A man there named Zacchaeus, a ruler among tax collectors, was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but, being a short man, he couldn’t because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When Jesus came to that spot, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay in your home today.” So Zacchaeus came down at once, happy to welcome Jesus.
Everyone who saw this grumbled, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I repay them four times as much.”
Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this household because he too is a son of Abraham. 10  The Human One came to seek and save the lost.” (Luke 19:1-10)

Zacchaeus is on a quest to see Jesus.
Zacchaeus was a tax collector and what that means is that he earned a living by supporting the Roman Empire that was actively suppressing and oppressing the Jewish people.
So, it is a fair assumption that he isn’t liked in his community and would be considered and outsider.  And it really isn’t just an assumption. In verse seven we read “Everyone who saw this grumbled, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
Now, no self respecting businessman would climb up a tree, in order to see someone walk by.  His actions demonstrate the great lengths he was willing to go to in order to see Jesus. He abandoned his concern for how others saw him,
even if it would harm his reputation, because he was so ready to see Jesus.

Prayer: God, allow me to be seen.  Help me to let go of what I need to let go of.  Help me to seek your forgiveness and move forward.  Help me to see my family, my friends, my community.  The people I would rather not see and love, the people I have judged unworthy, help me to see them and break my heart so you can put it back together.  Amen.


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