Meditation on Luke 19:1-10

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Zacchaeus, Paper Cutout, Phillip Schwartz

 

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

 

Jesus came to seek out and to save the lost, but sometimes we don’t feel that we deserve to be sought out and saved. If we think of ourselves as only the sum of our faults we can convince ourselves that we aren’t worthy of salvation. Those are the times that we feel most lost, and at those times we need to be reminded that God so loves us that he sent Jesus into the world to save us. All we have to do is let ourselves be found.

Phillip Schwartz

 

 

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