This week at camp, we talked about Zacchaeus and Luke 19. You remember him…the little guy who climbed up the sycamore tree to see Jesus. The backstory of Zacchaeus—in case you’ve forgotten from Sunday school—is that he was a tax collector. He was Jewish but taxed the Jewish people to pay money to the Roman government. And, in those days, tax collectors were known for skimming off the top. Suffice it to say that Zacchaeus didn’t have a lot of friends.
So, here he was, in Jerusalem, having just heard that Jesus was on his way to town. It’s hard to see with the crowds and Zacchaeus’ height, so he climbs up in a nearby sycamore tree to have a better view.
Jesus, walking underneath the tree, shouts up, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” The Message goes on to say, “Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him.” Zacchaeus was excited to see Jesus, but Jesus was even more excited to Zacchaeus. He stopped on purpose, just for Zacchaeus.
Jesus goes on to say, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.” The NIV says “to seek and save the lost.”
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