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And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19.10
We all need hope and we all desperately want it. What does hope even look like? Is it big? Small? Wrapped up in paper and bow? Do we think of hope as a wish come true? Or, do we consider it an eternal promise?
Enter Zacchaeus. Or, perhaps we should say, “Climb, Zacchaeus!” Remember the short, small tax collector in Jericho? Not just any tax collector, but the chief tax collector – the general public did not like tax collectors. We can liken that emotion to the way we feel about doing our yearly taxes! Unless you’re getting a big refund, the consensus is, “Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.” Amen?
Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem and His route took Him right through Jericho. Zacchaeus wanted to see Him, yet the crowds were huge, and alas, he was short. So what did he do? Without shame or dignity, he hiked up his cloak and climbed a tree. He hid in its branches “for the Lord he wanted to see!” He didn’t leave it to happenstance – he intentionally schemed to see Jesus. We must conclude he had a sincere and genuine interest in laying his eyes on Jesus of Nazareth.
Zacchaeus was small but his hope was big! Read the rest of the story in Luke 19.1-10
Father God, in Jesus’ Name, we confess our sins and short-comings. We lay them at Your feet and like Zacchaeus, we seek You because we know You are the only Hope in this hopeless world. Our hope is in You and we eagerly await Your return. Amen.