QT 18/03/2024 Monday Read Luke 19. Zacchaeus & True Purity. 撒该与真正的纯洁.

QT 18/03/2024 Monday Read Luke 19. Zacchaeus & True Purity. 撒该与真正的纯洁.

QT 18/03/2024 Monday Read Luke 19

REFLECTION (1): To you, is there any one "too far" from God to be saved? Zacchaeus?

Zacchaeus was a tax collector (Luke 19:2), an appointment that was despised and looked upon as traitors. In fact, he was "a chief tax collector" and rich (Luke 19:2).

Yet, his name means "pure". What a contrast! Indeed, others called him "a man who is a sinner" (Luke 19:7).

He lived in a city that has a less than blessed history. Joshua 6:26 notes that Jericho is a city that comes with a curse if anyone attempts to rebuild it.

He was a man of small stature and had to climb a tree to see Jesus pass by (Luke 19:3). He might be considered as "a nobody" socially, morally and relationally.

Yet Jesus singled him out for visitation, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today" (Luke 19:5 ESV). By going to Zacchaeus' house, it signified Jesus' acceptance of this social outcast.

The word "must" points to the initiative of Jesus to make Zacchaeus a model of those who respond positively: Zacchaeus responded quickly (Luke 19:6) with joy (Luke 19:6), even when unkind remarks and condemnation opposed his action (Luke 19:7). His repentance marked his acceptance of Jesus Christ into his life.

APPLICATION (1): Let's not exclude nor prejudge anyone for being too rotten to come to Christ. For Christ's purpose was to seek the lost (Luke 19:10).

APPLICATION (2): Let's respond to Christ by welcoming Him into our homes and hearts. Let's also seek to restore broken relationships, especially those whom we have wronged through our less than honourable dealings.

星期一 2024年3月18日 今日读经:路加福音19章