ROOTED - Tuesday, October 12, 2021


Today we consider the story of Zacchaeus.  Notice the connection between repentance and generosity and salvation.

 

Luke 19:1-10

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 because he was short he could not see over 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 the lost.”

 

Reflections

Because Zacchaeus was so short, he climbed a tree to be able to see Jesus.  This was for him a celebrity sighting.  Imagine getting to see your favorite actor or musician walking down the sidewalk.  But Jesus turned the encounter into something else.

 

Jesus invited himself to Zach’s house – which is quite scandalous, considering that he’s a detested tax collector.  At that moment Zacchaeus acknowledged that he had cheated people.  He repented and committed to a new life of generosity.

 

And as a result of Jesus’ visit salvation came to this house.  After all, this is why Jesus came: to seek and save the lost.

 

Prayer

God of scandalous love, who rocked the world by extending your grace to everyone, including the worst sinners, make me generous like you.  Give me a heart big enough to embrace even the worst people I know, remembering that you embraced me too.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.