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 January 1

TRYING TO SEE

By Scott Kalevik

Luke 19:4 So he (Zacchaeus) ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him,

since Jesus was coming that way.

Why did Zacchaeus climb that tree? Zacchaeus was a rich guy. He made his money by collecting taxes for the Roman Empire. Rich guys don’t typically humiliate themselves in public to see some carpenter walk down the road.

Why did Zacchaeus climb that tree? Zacchaeus was very unpopular among the people. Helping people suffer while you get rich off of their tax money leads to low ratings. Wouldn’t it be better for him to lay low and not risk being spotted by the rock throwers while he hung out in a tree?

Why did Zacchaeus climb that tree? The answer is simple. Zacchaeus had reached a point in his life where finding peace was more important than any humiliation or suffering that might come his way. He knew he needed a change of heart. He was tired of feeling guilty, empty, and alone. So, he did whatever it took to see Jesus!

When Jesus walked under that tree, he stopped, looked up and told Zacchaeus to come down! Jesus knew his name! Instead of hating him, Jesus went over to his house! Zacchaeus changed his ways and gave his heart to Jesus right then and there. Jesus said salvation had come to Zacchaeus. It’s interesting that while Zacchaeus thought he was seeking Jesus, Jesus says He came seeking to save the lost! Jesus was seeking him! Jesus seeks us!

Zacchaeus did three things: a. He tried to see Jesus; b. He believed that Jesus is the Christ; c. He changed his ways. Jesus knows your name too. If you draw near to Him, He’ll draw near to you (James 4:8). Are you seeking Him? Have you surrendered to Him? Are you living in obedience to His word?

Point: Jesus seeks us as we seek Him. When He finds us, He invites us to change our behavior to honor Him.
Prayer: God, You’re all I want in this life. Thank you for seeking me. Please help me honor you in my behavior today.
Practice: What behaviors need to change in my life to honor God? Today’s Reading: Genesis 1-2; Matthew 1-2

Pastor Scott Kalevik (2011-04-14).

Living Hope Today: A Daily Devotional (Kindle Locations 412-437).

iUniverse. Kindle Edition.