Zachaeus Climbed a Sycamore Tree

SYCJesus heard the blind man crying out for his help in the noise of the crowd. Jesus knows Zacchaeus needs him so he “just happens” to stop under the tree that Zacchaeus has climbed so that he could see Jesus. The Bible says that Zacchaeus was a tax collector (a hated person by the masses), he was wealthy (probably from over charging on his tax collecting business), and he wanted to see Jesus. The first two parts of his life were insignificant that day because seeing Jesus was his top priority.

Jesus looks up and tells him to come down quickly because Jesus was coming to his house. Zacchaeus obeyed. In an instant Zacchaeus changed. Money had been his god and now he was going to give half of it away and with the remainder he was going to make restitution to those he had extorted from.

Jesus said salvation came to Zacchaeus’ house that day. We have the same offer. “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save those who are lost.” We have the opportunity to experience as dramatic a change as the blind man who sees or the greedy tax collector who can now give his money away. What will we allow God to do for us?

Author: Karen Epp

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