Coming to Your House

And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.  And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.  And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

Luke 19:2, 5-7

In this scene, we have three main players: Jesus, Zacchaeus, and everyone else.  Zacchaeus was the short little man who also happened to be the chief of the publicans and he happened to be rich.  Jesus was Jesus, the Son of God who had come to “seek and to save that which was lost.”  And then there were all of the other people, among them were the Pharisees and scribes and other “good people.”  Zacchaeus, while being a known sinner, was desperate to separate himself from the crowd just to see Jesus.

He wanted to see Jesus, but he likely didn’t anticipate what would come next: Jesus saw him and told him that He was going to Zacchaeus’ house.  Out of the entire crowd, Jesus picked one man and spoke directly to him.  Zacchaeus was confronted with Jesus.  No matter what else he had done in this life, he was confronted with a major, life-changing decision here.  What would he do with Jesus?  He ended up making the right decision: he “made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.”  That is the correct decision.  That is what we should all do when confronted with Jesus.  We should receive Him joyfully.

Then there were the others.  They weren’t happy about these developments.  They murmered against it.  Jesus was going to the house of a sinner.  They were too good for that.  They were like the Pharisees in that they missed the whole point of His coming, which was to find sinners and save them.

Would we be more like Zacchaeus, who received Him joyfully, or would we be like those Pharisees in the crowd?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for making us think about our faith and walk with Jesus, Ben! God bless you!

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