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Scripture: Matthew 19:1-9 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 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.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Devotional: Today’s passage brings the story of another despised tax collector, Zacchaeus.  He was wealthy, more than likely at the expense of his fellow Jews, who considered him a sinner and not worthy to be associated with. 

Zacchaeus may have been a wee little man, but Jesus saw him.  And, in front of the crowd that was gathered, He invited himself over to stay with Zacchaeus, extending a  sign of friendship and fellowship.

Jesus invites people that others reject.

Zacchaeus’ encounter with Jesus changed him.  When Jesus invited him to come down from that tree, when He acknowledged Zacchaeus and went to his home to stay, it was a much deeper invitation than Zacchaeus could imagine. Despite all he had done to swindle his fellow man, Jesus invited him into a relationship.

 And He does the same for you.

Reflect:

  • Despite your failures, how has Jesus’ invitation into relationship with Him, changed you?