Luke Chapter 19 – I have always loved the story of Zacchaeus. Perhaps from the childhood song: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bkd-QFD7vMA
Or maybe it was relating to being short when I was younger.
At any rate, I can just imagine the smile on our Saviour’s face when He saw the determination and the sheer excitement of it all with Zacchaeus up in the tree (5).
But, the story is not over there. Zacchaeus became a changed man and even gave away half of his belongings to the poor and repaid anyone he cheated 4x what he took (8).
That is why Jesus came to seek and save the lost (10). That is why He came to change hearts. To make the poor rich and the weak strong. Oh what a changed man that Zacchaeus was!
When Jesus sends servant’s on ahead and tells them to get the colt, did the owners know he would take it? Was anyone upset that the colt was taken? The miracle here to me is that everything was there just as He said. Have you ever thought of that? Also, the fact that He could get on it even though it had never been ridden!
Verse 40 brings another miracle in the making, if the people didn’t praise Christ, the stones would cry out. That would be something to hear, right? Talking rocks! Imagine that!
The next verse Jesus cries over the city…
“and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”” Luke 19:42-44 NIV
May our hearts be so in tune with others’ needs we share our faith and grieve that some will not accept Christ.
When Jesus drives out the those selling things in the temple (42-42), was He as angry as theatrics sometimes have portrayed?
At any rate, strive to be changed so you can show the world who you are and whose you are as you…