Reading: Luke 19: 6-10
Once again Jesus reaches to an outcast. Once again Jesus looks past what is a barrier to others and lives one in need. Zacchaeus certainly was not in need financially because he was a rich man. Zacchaeus was in need of love and acceptance. Because of his job, Zacchaeus probably spent life largely alone, without any real friends. When Jesus calls out to Zacchaeus, many in the crowd grumbled with disapproval. Zacchaeus’ ill-gotten wealth has drawn much dislike for the crowd.
At times we too act in certain ways and do certain things that cause others to dislike us or to remain at a distance from us. Sometimes we can be like Zacchaeus, mistreating others for our own gain or purposes. Sometimes we can fall into sins of other types, causing others to look down on us or to treat us like an outcast. Sometimes we act in ways that cause people to think, ‘Jesus, don’t go near that one today’ or to think that Jesus could never call out to us.
Yet He does. No matter what, Jesus always calls out to us. He continues to call us out of our trees and into relationship with Him. No matter our sin, Jesus continues to seek us when we are lost. Like Zacchaeus, we are always just a simple confession away from a righteous relationship with Jesus Christ. Like Zacchaeus, we are always just one step away from forgiveness and new life in Christ. For this we say, thanks be to God.