Be My Guest
Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.
At least that’s how the song goes. Then there’s a tree and some climbing involved. If you haven’t a clue as to what I’m talking about, it’s worth an online search to experience for yourself.
Now, this man Zacchaeus had quite a reputation. It is documented in the Bible’s New Testament book of Luke that he was known to those in the community as a ‘notorious sinner.’
Not just a sinner.
A notorious one.
I am not exactly sure what you have to do to warrant that kind of reputation but, whatever it is, Zacchaeus had done it.
As the songs goes and as Luke writes, Jesus sees Zacchaeus up in that tree and invites Himself over for dinner.
But people were upset. They didn’t like that Jesus was hanging out with this ‘notorious sinner.’ It wasn’t the proper thing to do.
They would never do that. I mean, come on. Being seen with a plain old sinner…no way. How about a notorious one? NEVER!
What was Jesus thinking?
Well actually Jesus states exactly what He is thinking right there at dinner.
He chooses this moment to proclaim, before all, the very reason He left heaven to come to earth.
In Luke 19 Jesus is quoted as saying, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:9nlt)
That is what Jesus was thinking. That is what Jesus was and is all about. Seeking after those who don’t have it all together. Seeking after those who are without hope. Seeking after those who feel disconnected from God. Seeking after those who may have lost their way. Then, He rescues them. He saves them. He comforts them. He shows them the way. He transforms their lives.
Being the guest of sinners isn’t popular to some. Being the guest of sinners can place you outside of the ‘in’ religious crowd. Being the guest of sinners could possibly affect your reputation.
But being the guest of sinners is exactly where we find Jesus.
And that is exactly where I want to be found.