Jesus Brings Change

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.  And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:8-10

Zacchaeus was a publican, a sinner of the highest degree.  But he realized that he needed to see Jesus, which he did by climbing a sycamore tree.  Jesus then saw him and told him that He would coming to his house that day.  We then see the remarkable change that the presence of Jesus brought to the house of Zacchaeus that day.

Here is what Zacchaeus had to say: “… the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”  That is an impressive change of heart.  Publicans were known for two things: their greed and their lying thievery.  Meeting Jesus changed both of those things.  Giving half of your good to the poor would be very generous for any person, but especially for a sinning publican like Zacchaeus.  A fourfold return on any dishonest business transactions showed a desire to stop being a greedy thief.  Both of these things must have been difficult for a man who had likely spent his life stealing and hoarding as much as he possibly could.

But that is the kind of change that Jesus always brings.  Whatever the sin may be, meeting Jesus will bring about a change in heart and mind about it.  Wherever He goes, Jesus brings change and He brings change for the better.  Is His presence changing us day by day?

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