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9/27 Luke 19

I am sure if you remember back to your childhood days, you would remember this song from Sunday School class or VBS.

Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see.

In Luke 19 we read the story of Zacchaeus and picking it up in verse 5:

5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’ ”

8But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

9Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

At first glance, it would appear that Zacchaeus is buying his salvation.  But on a closer examination of this, one can see that in verse 6 Zacchaeus has already welcomed Jesus into his heart.  Jesus said, “I must stay at your house today.”  In other words Zacchaeous I am here for you, what are you going to do.  Well, he invited him in and as a result of the grace that he received he responded by joyfully giving in return.  Are we still joyful of the grace that we have received?  How do we show it?

September 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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