The scripture for the day is: Luke 19:1-10
“Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short, he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’ 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.’
Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’”
I have always loved this story. Not only because of the repentance that Zacchaeus showed, but of the extreme grace shown by Jesus. Did you notice that Zacchaeus did not really ask for forgiveness in so many words? Yet Jesus knew just what Zacchaeus needed and just what the people in the crowd needed to see. Jesus came for the sinners, and not simply the “chosen people”. When I think of this story, it gives me great comfort. I ask God’s forgiveness for sins every day, but I am sure that I sin much more than I am even aware. Thank goodness God loves us so much that he forgives even when we do not ask!
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your never-ending love and grace. We are in awe of You and worship you! Amen
Karla Gerke Karla56@charter.net
Prayer Concern: Those who feel they are not worthy of forgiveness.