Archive for August 12th, 2010

Luke 19:1-48

Luke 19:1-48 tells the story of Zaccheus.  You remember the song right?  Zaccheus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.  He climbed up in the Sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see.  And on it goes.  We learn a few things about Zaccheus here in Luke. He was:

–       “Chief tax collector

–       Rich

–       Seeking to see Jesus

Jesus calls to Zaccheus and tells him He is coming over for dinner.  How can that be – the religious leaders want to know.  “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner”.  He can’t do that.  It just isn’t right for anyone to associate with a tax collector.  But Jesus ignores their wishes and goes and ministers to him.  Why?  Because God loves all of us – and we are all sinners in His sight.  If Jesus was not going to associate with anyone who is a sinner – well we would all be in big trouble.  But He goes and eats and brings Him to eternal life.  That is His mission.  To seek and save the lost.  It still is.

Jesus goes on to tell the parable of the rich man who left on vacation and gave money to his servants to care for while he was away.  Some of they invested it wisely and earned a return – others just hid it and gave back what they were given.  Of course the expectation was to multiply it, and when the owner returned he took from the one who had not grown it and gave to the one who had done the best job.  Then the principle comes: “to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away”.  Another story of life not being fair – right?  God’s economy does not run on fairness.  It runs on His laws.  He has expectations for our behavior and requirements for what we should do.  Jesus moves on toward Jerusalem, and “when He drew near and saw the city, He wept over it”.  Jesus is not some macho man who has no emotions.  We see Him weep a few times in scripture.  He wore His heart on His sleeve.  Why is it that we try so hard to hide that from others?  We even try to hide it at home.  It is the wrong way to live.  We need transparency in our lives.  People need to see that we are real and impacted just like Jesus was.  Jesus teaches and shares truth much to the chagrin of the religious leaders.  And the response of the people – “all the people were hanging on His words”.  Do you hang on the words of Jesus?  Is it something you can’t wait to get to read or hear?  We should be obsessed with His words.  They are the words of life!

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