Luke 19:1-10

Luke 19:1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it.  A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.  When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”  So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.  All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.”  Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

A few weeks ago in worship, we looked at a guy named Zacchaeus. Even though he was well-known and wealthy, Zacchaeus was so eager to see Jesus that he climbed a tree to make up for his low stature. But because of his mission, Jesus was more eager to see Zacchaeus than the latter was to see him. Jesus disregarded the complaints of the crowd by announcing his very public invitation to a lunch at the home of one of the town's most reviled "sinners."

Jesus said that he had "come to seek and save the lost" to the complaining multitude. That was Jesus' overarching purpose, which drove him to repair and put right all the damage that evil causes in our broken world, rather than restricting him to a single people.

Again, Jesus declared that it was his purpose to "seek and save the lost." One scholar wrote, "In the New Testament 'lost' does not mean damned or doomed. It just means in the wrong place….A [person] is lost when [they have] wandered away from God; and is found when once again taking a rightful place as an obedient child in the…family of the Father."  How has God "found" you and moved you into the family of Jesus the Christ?

"Now is the time! ", Jesus proclaimed as he embarked on his mission. The kingdom of God is here! Change your minds and actions, and believe this encouraging message! (my paraphrase Mark 1:15) We United Methodist believe that when Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God, he was referring to the world as it was created to be. How will we make the world more like it ought to be when we allow God's power to operate through us to accomplish our personal goals? What will you do?

Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to "seek and save the lost," which includes me. Please make it possible for me to join you in your world-changing purpose. Amen.

I look forward to seeing you very soon in worship! In our divided world, let us be a people who “seek and save the lost” as we show the world how to be one for the cause and purpose of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor Ray



Last Published: September 1, 2022 11:10 AM
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