A Moment in God’s Word today….8/10/12

 

God is so very very very good to me!   Last night I got together with a couple of dear friends and one of them was sharing her recent struggles.    I stayed up talking with D late into the night (11:00…..which for he and I is late into the night 🙂 ) talking about it, and when I went to bed I fell asleep quickly because I was so exhausted from the emotional toll of it all.  This morning, I get up and open my devotional guide from Our Daily Bread, and look what’s there?   A message relating to just what D and I were discussing!  God is so good to confirm what I had shared with our friend!

Now, if you are like me and have taught in Children’s ministry, or raised your children in a Christian home, or maybe just hung around kids from a church or Christian pre-school, there will be something that comes to mind automatically when you begin to read this passage.   PLEASE try to resist singing it, and really read and grasp the depth of the message of this passage of scripture.   I had to read it twice this morning because the first time I “read it” in song…..

Luke 19:1-10  (NIV)  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 being a short man he could not, because of 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 what was lost.”

Zacchaeus was the scorn of his town, he was amoung the worst of the worst of his society, he was a sinner…..lost in his sin….. and Jesus sought him out.  Sometimes we make choices in our lives, and in some instances that choice would be considered sin, but in others it would not be a sin.  Same choice, but given the circumstances, it can be sin or doesn’t have to be.      Regardless of whether that choice is seen as a sin or not by God, is there any sin that our Redeemer can not forgive?  Of course not!   His last “miracle” before His death on the cross was to forgive the sins of the man on the cross next to Him and welcome him into the kingdom of Heaven.  Please remember that there is nothing that can’t be forgiven by God, and that He will welcome you into His Kingdom if you ask.  He came to seek and to save.

 

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