"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.” Luke 19:9-10
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
In order to know how dramatic this statement from Jesus is we must know the “back story." Tax collectors in Jesus day were often Jews who were employed by the Roman occupiers of Israel to collect taxes from their Jewish countrymen. The only condition of their employment was that by whatever means they collect the amount determined by the Romans. Their own “payment” for the service was whatever “extra” they collected over and above the Tax and they were given complete freedom to collect as much as they liked. So, their countrymen saw them as thieves who extorted money from them and as traitors who worked for the Roman occupying and oppressive government. Simply put tax collectors were some of the most hated and despised of the Jews during this time.
Zacchaeus was not only a tax collector, he was the chief tax collector, most despised of all!
Jesus invited himself into Zacchaeus’ home and stayed with him. Simply coming into the presence of Jesus caused Zachaeus’ life to change dramatically. He responds to Jesus by saying: “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 makes the above remarkable statement.
How have you and I responded to the presence of Jesus in our lives? How has He then responded to us?
Blessings, peace and joy in Jesus, Gerry
This Sunday we will welcome Fr. Patrick Dorn to lead our service as Bishop Gerry will be away on bishop duties at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Broomfield.