Love Always Finds a Way

“There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich.” (Luke 19:2 NLT)

Tax collectors were despised people in Jesus’ day. They were typically Jews who worked for the Roman government collecting taxes from their own people. When someone was trying to describe who, to them, would be considered the “scum of the earth,” tax collectors were usually at the top of that list.

Compounding people’s feelings about Zacchaeus, he was “the chief tax collector,” meaning, in their minds, he was the worst of the worst. He was also short in stature, so when he was trying to get a look at Jesus, everyone crowded in front of him to block his view. His solution was to run ahead, climb a tree and wait for Jesus to pass by.

It’s likely anyone but Jesus would have passed under that tree without even noticing him, but Jesus stopped, and did something almost no one ever did – “He (Jesus) looked up at Zacchaeus and CALLED HIM BY NAME.”

“’Zacchaeus!’ He said. ‘Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.’” Can you hear the crescendo of disapproval quickly spreading through the crowd? “’He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,’ they grumbled.”

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Aren’t you grateful Jesus takes note of sinners? Aren’t you glad He knows our name?

Zacchaeus was as giddy as a schoolgirl on her first date. His heart was transformed. His life would never be the same. The Bible says: “Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”

“Jesus responded, ‘Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.’”

What can we learn from this story?

If you’re searching for Jesus, He will find you.

You may need to make some effort, but your effort will be rewarded.

When you place your life at Jesus’ disposal, He will fill you with His Spirit and guide your decisions.

The two most obvious evidences of who “rules” your life are your calendar and your checkbook.

When Jesus changes your heart, your heart changes towards those in your spheres of influence.

When push comes to shove, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of you, but Jesus. His is the only opinion that ultimately matters.

Love always finds a way.

Blessings, Ed 😊

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