A Zaccheus Fill In the Blank

Zaccheus

And he (Zaccheus) sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place he looked up and said to him________ [Fill in the blank from the options below.]

  1. ‘Zaccheus, have you kept all the commandments?’
  2. ‘Zaccheus, be nicer and give the money back you took.’
  3. ‘Zaccheus, were you in church last Sunday?’
  4. ‘Zaccheus, sell everything’
  5. ‘Zaccheus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’

No moralizing, No finger pointing, no head shaking. The Old Covenant was a law set on tablets. The New Testament is love shown at The TABLE and written on our hearts. Jesus is saying to us what he said to Zaccheus: he wants to come into our home, into our soul – not in a few days time, or tomorrow – but at this instant, “today I must abide in your house…” Jesus makes Zaccheus an invite that he was free to refuse but he didn’t.

Zacchaeus’ salvation came in the form of an invite. But there is more to say about what Zaccheus did. There are at least three things he did that we can imitate. But we will save that for tomorrow’s blog…

1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And there was a man named Zacchae’us; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchae’us, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchae’us stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:1-10 RSV

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One response to “A Zaccheus Fill In the Blank

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