Zacchaeus - Not Just a Wee Little Man

My 2 year old has been running around the house singing the children's Bible song about Zacchaeus.  If you are unfamiliar with it, allow me to share the part my son is singing over and over:
 Zacchaeus was a wee little man
And a wee little man was he
He climbed up in a sycamore tree
For the Lord he wanted to see
And as the Savior passed that way
He looked up in that tree
And He said, “Zacchaeus, you come down!
For I’m going to your house today
For I’m going to your house to stay”
So I was heading off to church last Sunday with my son singing this song in the back seat.  With the words rattling in my brain, I recalled that I have shared many Bible stories at church but never this one.

Fast forward to this Sunday.

The story of Zacchaeus is found in Luke 19: 1-10.

As I read the story, two things leaped out at me.

Let me share the passage here first:

He (Jesus) entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.  And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature.  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”  So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.  And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor.
And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

The first thing I noticed was that the Lord called Zacchaeus by name.  He enters Jericho, walks along, looks up and says, "Zacchaeus..."  

The second thing was the end of the passage where it says Jesus came to SEEK and to save.

I fully believe Jesus went to Jericho that day for Zacchaeus, sought him out and changed his life forever.

It reminds me that Jesus calls all of us by name!  He seeks us out to change our lives forever.

He knows my name.



Who Said It? Does It Matter?

I wanted to wait a few days before posting this. Now that Easter is over, here is a statement that I hope will challenge and inspire you!

This weekend is a time to celebrate redemption at God's hand. Tomorrow, my family will join Christians around the world as we thank God for the all-important gift of grace through the resurrection of His son, and experience the wonder of Easter morning. 

These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of humanity that connects us all. 

For me, and for countless other Christians, Easter weekend is a time to reflect and rejoice. Yesterday, many of us took a few quiet moments to try and fathom the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for all of us. Tomorrow, we will celebrate the resurrection of a savior who died so that we might live. 

And throughout these sacred days, we recommit ourselves to following His example. We rededicate our time on Earth to selflessness, and to loving our neighbors. We remind ourselves that no matter who we are, or how much we achieve, we each stand humbled before an almighty God. 

Christ's triumph over death holds special meaning for Christians. But all of us, no matter how or whether we believe, can identify with elements of His story. The triumph of hope over despair. Of faith over doubt. The notion that there is something out there that is bigger than ourselves...

Sounds like a good Biblical take on Easter doesn't it?

Would your opinion change if I said that this statement was made by President Barack Obama?

We can only examine the fruit we see in peoples lives.  However, in that examination of fruit, when we come across specks in the eyes of those we disagree with, we should endeavor to work on the planks in our own eyes first. Ultimately God is the one who knows the heart. This is a good reminder to pray for those in authority over us.

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:1-4)