MONDAY, JANUARY 4
“Jesus entered Jericho and made His way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich.”
Luke 19:1-2 (NLT)
WHAT NOW? KEEP GOING INTO OUR COMMUNITY
There was a man who had a hunting dog that he loved dearly. One time while out hunting they were separated. No matter how loud the master whistled the dog would not come. The man had an appointment in town and needed to leave. He did a trick an old trainer told him. He took off his coat, removed his t-shirt and placed his shirt on the ground under some small branches of a bush. The man returned the next day to find his dog cuddled up on the t-shirt, with his nose under the sleeve. Who found who? The dog sniffed out the scent of the master and waited, but it was the master who returned to seek and save the dog
Zacchaeus ran after Jesus but Jesus really found Zacchaeus. In Luke 19 Jesus went through Jericho to seek and save Zacchaeus. He didn’t have to go through Jericho to get where He was going. But we learn that this was part of His mission to rescue Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, the worst villains in the minds of the Isrealites. Why call Zacchaeus? There were better men in the city. Why him? Jesus’ encounter with the rich ruler (Luke 18:18-30) had prompted the question, “Who then, can be saved?” (Luke 18:26). If, as Christ had said, that it was harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, Zacchaeus was the most impossible case.
Mike reminded us in the message that in 2021 we will keep going into our community to share the gospel and love of God with everyone we can. The call of God comes to everyone, even unworthy sinners. There is nothing in man that can deserve this call; nothing in the best of men can invite it. No matter what has ever happened in your life, no matter how badly you have ever been hurt, or how badly you have hurt others, Jesus wants to love you and have you love Him.
Make a list of the people in your community who you think would be hard to see saved. Pray God would open their hearts to be found by Jesus.