On Luke 19:1-10


 In a city that had streets lined with Sycamore trees and that was at the heart and center of a vast trade route network, Christ defies cultural norms with the words “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector for a large tax district and was undoubtedly a wealthy man that gained his wealth from the exploitation of others. Because of his occupation, Zacchaeus was regarded as a traitor and crook. Christ’s response is a direct invitation if not a command to commune with Him. Through this act of divine necessity Christ shows us that there will be no bias with God. As a tax collector and social outcast, Zacchaeus would have never normally had this type of invitation extended to him. 

It is also important to note the crowd’s reaction to Christ’s invitation for communion. The crowd was largely made up of Pilgrims headed to the Passover in Jerusalem. As shown in verse 7 “when they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” This reaction is significant because it shows that even though they were following Christ they did not yet understand His purpose and motives. We must also keep in mind that this is the very crowd who had previously given praise to God after Christ restored Bartimaeus’ sight. (Luke 18: 35-43).  

Christ’s loving invitation for communion was greatly looked down upon, but it caused a man who lived a life of injustice to repent and give back more than he had taken (Luke 19:8). Because of Christ’s love and willingness to go against the social norms, Zacchaeus was made righteous (Luke 19:9). Christ actively sought out Zacchaeus and actively seeks to commune with us. In a world plagued with injustice Christ longs for reconciliation and righteousness. He longs to bring us to a place where we can experience His deep and intimate love.  

  Some questions to consider:  

How do we treat those who are oppressed? How do we treat those who are the oppressors? Do we live like Christ and seek to love without bias? Or are we like the crowd of people who follow Christ and are quick to tell the poor to be quiet (Luke 18:39) and the sinner they are not worthy? 

 Let us be a community that desperately seeks the righteousness of Christ and to love despite what we have been told and what others may think.   


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