He Wanted To Change—Day 4

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He Wanted To Change—Day 4 Luke 19: 1-10 “When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly. When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” As we spend time in meditation today, it is good to be reminded, in spite of the degradation of our sins, we can overcome, by the Lord’s grace and mercy. Zacchaeus was not just a tax collector, but he was the chief tax collector. Moreover, he was the chief tax collector in one of the most prosperous areas, Jericho. Taxes were collected at three places inland: Capernaum, Jericho, and Jerusalem.  Because of where Jericho was located, at the Jordan River, and because of the richness of its palm forests and balsam groves—much capital...

He Wanted To Change—Day 3

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He Wanted To Change—Day 3 Luke 19: 1-10 “So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.” Yesterday’s devotional highlighted the small stature of our biblical character.  Although Zacchaeus was a powerful and wealthy man, his accomplishments were not sufficient in and of themselves to assist him in accomplishing his goal of seeing Christ. The meditative thought from yesterday was, what do we do when what has been our strength or source does not suffice in helping us complete the task? Do we continue to hope despite seemingly lack of ability? Zacchaeus wanted something, and he was determined to go beyond the norm. The devotional passage says, “So he ran on ahead and climbed into a sycamore tree in order to see Him.” So much is being said behind this one sentence. First, a man of...

He Wanted To Change—Day 2

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He Wanted To Change—Day 2 Luke 19: 1-10 “He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zacchaeus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.”  The devotional passage says that Jesus was passing through Jericho. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus but because he was a short man he could not see over the crowd. Often there is something that stands between Christ and us. The passage says he was unable to see Jesus. In Greek by combining the two words, (was unable) the writer was saying, Zacchaeus could not be or become sufficient to meet a need or task. Nothing within Zacchaeus was enough to put him in a position to see Jesus. Zaccheus could not see over the crowd because he was too short, and he could not push his way through the...

He Wanted To Change

By on Apr 9, 2018 in He Wanted To Change | 0 comments

He Wanted To Change Luke 19: 1-10 I have had the honor of meeting some well-known people, but no one compares to my meeting Christ. Ofttimes talented, respected, and known people have a way of making an impression on us, however, as believers, an encounter with Christ should have a greater impact on our lives. The devotional passage we will be meditating on this week is a well-known account of Zacchaeus, the tax collector. Zacchaeus was an outcast who overcome obstacles blocking his view of Christ. He received the honor of Christ inviting Himself to dine in his home which climaxed with Zacchaeus’ reception of the ultimate gift of the gospel, eternal life. Zacchaeus had cheated others and was deceitful in his tactics to get money. He was a man with Hebrew roots. However, he had all but forgotten who he was because of his love for and preoccupation with acquiring wealth. Before we are...

We Have All We Need—Day 5

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We Have All We Need—Day 5 Judges 6: 14-16 “And you shall defeat Midian as one man.”  As a teenager, I heard a story that helps to shape how I look at life. The story is there was a child who was getting frustrated while putting a complicated two-sided puzzle together.  The grandfather noticed the child growing irritated, asked, “What are you putting together?”  The boy replied, “It is a puzzle of the whole world.” Knowing it was a two-sided puzzle the old man asked, “What is on the other side of the puzzle?”  “It is a picture of Jesus.”  The boy said, the grandfather then asked, “Why don’t you put the side of Jesus together first, then it will not be hard to put the world together.” When we have to deal with a lot, life can be difficult; especially when we focus on how much there is to do, or how much we must...