Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through town. 2 A man there named Zacchaeus, a ruler among tax collectors, was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but, being a short man, he couldn’t because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came to that spot, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay in your home today.” 6 So Zacchaeus came down at once, happy to welcome Jesus. 7 Everyone who saw this grumbled, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8 Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I repay them four times as much.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this household because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 The Human One came to seek and save the lost.” (Luke 19:1-10, CEB)
I read this passage start singing:
Zaccheus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he…
That song gets stuck in my head. But the thrust here is of how the people saw Zaccheus. They thought he was a cheat and a swindler because all tax collectors were.
But Jesus saw him and the effort Zaccheus went to see Jesus and Jesus said I love you and I need to spend time with you.
How do we judge others, by how we see them or how the world around us tells us to see them, or as Jesus sees them?
Loving People. Loving God.