Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Encounters with Christ changes people. Look at how Zaccheaus was changed in today's Scripture reading...

Most people who know anything about Zaccheaus, probably only remember that he was a wee little man. But there's more to Zaccheaus' story than his size.

The story goes that Jesus was going from town to town, teaching. When He came to the town of Jericho, there were alot of people wanting to hear Him, including Zaccheaus. The problem was that no one liked Zaccheaus because he was the tax collector. Here's where knowing that Zaccheaus was short comes into the story...

(Luke 19:3-4) "He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way."

Jesus calls out to Zaccheaus up in the tree and tells him to come down and invites Himself to his house.

It may appear that Zaccheaus was pursuing Jesus but in reality Jesus pursued him. He went out of His way to initiate a relationship with Zaccheaus. It was this personal encounter with Jesus that changed him.

Just as Jesus pursued Zaccheaus, He pursues us too. No matter what we face in life, an encounter with Jesus will change everything!


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Judges 8:1-9:23, Luke 19:1-28, Psalm 74:12-17

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