Sunday, July 08, 2007

Text Of The Day: Jesus Is Lord

Luke 19:1-10

19:1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

(The fact that always strikes me about this event is that Zacchaeus thought he was seeking Christ and the truth was that Christ was seeking him. The same is true for us. When we seek and receive Christ into our lives we realize that Christ had been seeking us long before we realized it. Zacchaeus responded quickly by calling Christ, Lord. The Lordship of Christ is the foundation of the Christian life. The proof of Zacchaeus' salvation is that he is ready to make things right with the people he wronged. If Zacchaeus can be changed by Christ then so can you. Seek Christ and receive Him into your life.)

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