Today we read about one of Jesus’ most famous house calls.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Zacchaeus was a notorious criminal who hated the life he had created. He felt trapped and not sure how to get out. So he decided to take a look at Jesus from a distance. And that’s all it took. Just close enough to catch a glimpse. Jesus was able to get his attention and changed his life forever.
People typically get a glimpse of Jesus in a few ways, by seeing him evident in someone’s life, by hearing about him in a church setting, or by reading about him in scripture.
Easter services are a time to experience all three of these. You see people sharing their journey with Jesus, you hear a clear gospel message and you get to read it for yourself.
Would you take time today to invite your friend you’ve been praying and fasting for to join you for one of our Easter services? Either in person or online.
Our Prayer: Lord, would you open their heart to say yes to attending with me?