As we entered Jericho I observed a few people doing some digging. It was a number of people engaged in excavation… what a tedious job. However, something else caught my attention, bougainvilleas everywhere. I have never seen anything to equal that display!

My mind immediately went back to the Scriptural story, in Luke 19 about Zaccheus, who was a tax collector, he was rich and he was small. Having heard about Jesus and his curiosity having been aroused, he wanted to find a place where Jesus might be observed.

Like I said, he was small, so he climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus. This man, probably known to almost all the people in the crowd, was probably thinking that such a location would leave him un-observed.

We are reminded that as Jesus came to that location, He looked up and said to Zaccheus, “Hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” Initially he almost fell, I would suspect. However, “he hurried and came down and received Him gladly.” (v6)

First, we have to be aware that Jesus sees all, He knows all. Zaccheus, or you or me, need not consider for a moment that He does not observe every detail of our lives.

No matter the circumstances in which Jesus placed himself, you can count that He would be open to criticism. We have all experienced the equivalent: “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” In so doing, they thought themselves a little above Zaccheus.

While they were patting themselves on the back, Zacc was in gear to do things God’s way. “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” When someone lets the pocketbook be the first thing hit, you know that Christ has done something in his life!

In summation of this story, first, Jesus said: “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. I will refrain from going into a long explanation of the reason he called him “a son of Abraham”. However, the next verse is a beautiful truth for you and me: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” When that truth is acknowledged and you thank Him for making yours and our salvation possible, “Today salvation has come to you!”

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