Who will love Zacchaeus? (Luke 19)

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.” Luke 19:5

Luke 19 is very timely in our teams lives as we prepare for round two of camp.  My the time you read this blog, it will be Friday and we will have spent two days with the students of FBC Jackson.

This very text was before me as I shared in devotion with the staff.  The chapter begins with Zacchaeus story.  Here was a guy who was economically prosperous but spiritual impoverished.  In this moment of his life he wants to see Jesus.

Think about this truth:  Here is an economically prosperous guy sitting up in a sycamore tree trying to see Jesus.  No one in the crowd would allow him to stand up front in the crowd because no one liked him.  No one wanted to help the guy who was crooked.

But shock of all shocks, Jesus came to where he was and stopped.  He looks up in the tree.  He tells this man to come down!!!

Jesus filled with love (John 3:16) and focus on redemption (Hebrews 12:3) reached out to Zacchaeus.  Even though he knew who he was, His love and focus led him to call this man.

This story is amazing as we see true joy coming to Zacchaeus life.  Finally something more valuable than silver.  Finally something with eternal value.  Everything changed for Zacchaeus.

Question: “Are there an Zacchaeus’ in your life?  Here was my prayer to God this morning:

“Father cleanse my heart and focus my mind to do your will.  May I love all students as you love students.  Lord open their hearts and minds as you did Zacchaeus’.  Father this is their chosen time.  I pray for all who read this blog to be challenged to love Zacchaeus.”  

“10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

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