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You remember Zacchaeus…

He climbs a tree meets Jesus, and his mind, his thoughts, his filter for his life are changed…

How do we know this?  Let’s see.

Luke 19:2  A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.

Luke 19:3  He wanted to see who Jesus was…

Zacchaeus had heard of Him, but now the search was his own…

…but being a short man he could not because of the crowd…

He was limited in his present situation…

Luke 19:4  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

Jesus had made Himself knowable, available; He was coming Zacchaeus’s way.

And Zacchaeus sought to “see who He was”.

I asked myself today, do I seek Him like that?

Do I seek after Him like silver and gold, like the security of my mortgage pay off and a retirement plan?  Do I believe He will meet needs more deeply than any provision I could ever cling to?

Do I “climb a tree” because I just have to see if He is really all that I have head Him to be? 

Luke 19:5  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

Must >. deo, verb; to bind , be in bonds, knit, tie…

Seeing the heart of Zacchaeus, Jesus’ heart is bound to him. Literally He handcuffs Himself to him.

Jesus says,  “I must stay”.

What preceded this declaration of commitment?

There were no words recorded, no blind men screaming out “Son If David, have mercy on us, ” as had happened just verses prior.

There was just a man, a desperate man, willing to climb a tree to see who this Jesus was…

Willing to risk, in order to find out if it was possible that all the things he had heard about this man were true.

And Jesus looked up,  in a crowd of people,  Jesus looked up and He saw Zacchaeus.

He saw his heart, and He was bound to him!

He looks at my risking,  frightened,  hopeful heart, and He is bound to me.

He says He “must” be with me.   

What kind of man is this…I must know Him.

Luke 19:6  So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

Luke 19:7  All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.'”

Do I understand this Man?

Do I think He desires to be with the clean and whole, the organized and diligent, the moral, the talented, the pleasant… the perfect.

 Luke 19:8  But 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.”

Do I understand this Man?

If I do not, my mind will never be at rest.

After being with Jesus, Zacchaeus’s mind was at rest.

All the striving and hoarding and self-provision were gone.

He had seen and known this One, and could now release what he had “thought was gain to him”.

What is gain to me, what am I clinging to? What is it that fear I might lose, or might never have?     

Luke 19:9  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.”

Luke 19:10  “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

He seeks me, and He has put in my heart a desire to seek Him, to climb a tree.

Anyone want to join me?


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