2021_09_22 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Luke 19-20
Kim Feld did a great job giving us background and insight about Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, that Jesus publicly called out to and subsequently led to faith. Without a doubt he was a man whose successful career came from political alliances with the occupying Roman government, and at the expense of common citizens. Zacchaeus and his kind were deeply hated by the Jews, and for Jesus to take interest in him was unthinkable! I want to spend a few moments thinking about the situation... I imagine some people gave Jesus a pass, figuring that He didn’t realize that Zacchaeus was a despicable tax man. Others probably grumbled that Jesus was being an opportunist, using this as a chance to gain financial support for His ministry, and have doors opened through Zacchaeus’ network. I’m sure we can all easily imagine other thoughts and critiques floating around the crowd.
What Jesus was actually doing was showing that everyone – even a despised tax collector – is loved by God, and valuable to Him. We all come to Christ the same way, by admitting our sinfulness and accepting His forgiveness through Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection.
While I reflect on this story, I am asking myself the following questions: “God how do You see the people around me?” “What judgements do I have that limit my love for others?” “How can I be more like You in offering grace, forgiveness, truth and love?”
Jesus’ interaction with Zacchaeus gives us a lot to think about...