You are invited to read the following Scripture passage.
1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.
4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.'”
8 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.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
How many of you believers reading this can say you never played out this BIbe account when you were younger.
My sisters and I sure did. We had a grape arbor and one of us would climb into that and wait for Jesus (another one of us) to come along. Plus there was this cool (to us) s0ong to sing while acting it out,
I am not sure what was the appeal of this account to us, but I am sure it involved the climbing into the vine.
Being older and I trust wiser, I see the more important part of this account is the change that happens to Zaccheus when He meets the Lord.
This phenome still occurs. When one truly meets Jesus, we are never the same again.
O Lord, thanks for changing me, thanks for straightening me out. You are simply the best Lord Jesus. May I live each day, more and more like you. Amen