Red Letter Day 29: Jesus Seeks Us

2015 Lent Blog

Wednesday March 18

unnamed(16)When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
(Luke 19:5)

I am sure you may remember these words of Jesus spoken to Zacchaeus the chief tax collector. He was short so in order to get a glimpse of Jesus he ran ahead and climbed a tree to see Jesus over the crowd and when Jesus stopped below the tree he looked up and said these words. It was shocking to many that Jesus would go to the house of this reputed tax collectors and sinners. In fact that phrase is used 8 times in the New Testament and implies that tax collectors were a type of sinners marked with a special shame and notoriety.

What this passage says even more than Zacchaeus wanting to meet Jesus, was that Jesus wanted to meet Zacchaeus. So he went to his house to not only meet him, but dine and meet him where he was. This is a little microcosm of each of us. We may be seeking Jesus but when we meet him we find that he has been seeking us and wanting to be with us in every part of our lives. It does not matter what our past involves and what mistakes we have made, we only know that Jesus meets us and has plans for the future. He knows your name and asks you to go with him.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Dave

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