Archive for February 13th, 2008

Luke 19

 This morning finds us in Luke 19 with the familiar story of Zacchaeus.  Did you learn the song like I did in church as a kid?  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……. Admit it, you haven’t hummed that song for many years but it is still in your head.  Does memorization work?  Is music an important way for us to learn bible truths.  Yes to both my friends.  As adults most of us (pointing at myself here too) have determined that memorization is kid stuff and doesn’t apply to me any more.  As I grew up and attended Sunday school and youth group, headed to college and was part of a campus ministry – memorization was a key part of my Christian education and training.  But now I seem to think I get a pass on that.  Wrong answer.  Jesus dealt with the enemy using memorized passages of scripture.  That is how He battled temptation.  So why would I think it doesn’t apply to me?  Laziness.  I don’t want to work that hard is all I can figure out.  How about you. Now that I took that big bypass let’s get back to the meat of the day.  Zacchaeus was a little man.  He heard Jesus was coming but he was too short to see.  He desperately wanted to see Jesus.  Scripture tells us this: “He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way–he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by”.  How desperately do you want to see Jesus?  How much effort are you willing to put into being in the presence of the Savior.  As Christians in North America we don’t put a lot of focus on this but in many parts of the world, people have to sacrifice to be together in the body of Christ.  Are you willing to do whatever it takes to be with your Lord?  Really make some sacrifices to be with Him?  This passage challenges me today.  I am usually willing to serve if it isn’t a big inconvenience, fits my schedule, isn’t a long term commitment, won’t cost too much….on the list goes.  Zacchaeus had it right.  Seeing Jesus was top of list for him.  He was willing to do what it took to be in position to see the Savior.  Scripture goes on with the rest of the story.  Jesus did come down the road that day and saw Zacchaeus in the tree.  How we live is not unnoticed in heaven.   We are playing to a universal audience.  But are we playing to an audience of One?  Do I live my life intentionally to serve the God of creation?  Some days – but not always.  Jesus invites himself to Zacchaeus’ house and really stirred up the religious folk.  They couldn’t believe Jesus would associate with a  tax collector.  It didn’t get much worse in those days.  Zacchaeus was rich, but hated and despised.  And now Jesus is going to spend time with him.  How dare he.  But Jesus did exactly that – ignoring the religious crowd – and understanding the heart of this man.  That day salvation comes to the house of Zacchaeus.  All because he was desperate in his desire to see Jesus.  How about you?  Are you desperate – totally focused – intentionally making efforts – to see the Savior?  We need to all get after it and make that our priority.

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