To better see You
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
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.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Gracious God, as I reflect on the story of Zacchaeus, I find myself wondering how far I would go to see you, to meet you. I'm not sure if I wold have climbed that tree. And yet, maybe you are going to pass by - even today - and if so, what an opportunity! What would I ask you? What would you have to say to me?
Lord Jesus, would you come to my house for dinner, as with Zacchaeus? Would you declare that salvation was mine, as with Zacchaeud?
Lord, please come near to me today that I might meet you and have my life transformed by you. Help me not to let anything get in the way of that.
Yes, Lord, I would climb a tree to better see you!
I pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
written by Martin Fair
St. Andrew's Church, Arbroath