You’ve heard it said, “it is easy to love the loveable”. Zacchaeus, the tax collector, was not loveable! During this time in history, tax collectors were despised by the Jewish people because they worked for the Roman Empire to suppress the Jews and were often corrupt. When Jesus approached Zacchaeus, the Jewish leaders of the day questioned His actions. How could a prophet and teacher speak to such an “undesirable”? They chastised Jesus for His actions. However, Jesus did not conform to shallow religious conventions. He instead chose to cross acceptable social boundaries to reach those considered unworthy. This passage clearly illustrates the personal, earthly mission of Christ: bring ALL to salvation. What social lines and stigmas are you willing to cross to lead others to Jesus? Take a step outside your comfort zone an into your NEPA community!
Luke 19:1-10 NIV
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 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.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
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