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Take Jesus Home

Take Jesus Home

05 October 2010

Today’s Reading: Esther 9-10; Luke 19

Scripture:

1 Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. 2 There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. 3 He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by. 5 When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” 6 Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. (Luke 19:1-6 MSG)

In this Jericho crowd there were disciples, who were people who followed Jesus wherever he went, there were local religious leaders who were concerned about Jesus’ popularity and the fact that he wasn’t part of the system, there were sick people who needed a miracle, there were curious people who just wanted to be where the action is, and there was Zacchaeus who “desperately wanted to see Jesus.”

I’m not absolutely sure what prompted Jesus to stop under the tree and call Zacchaeus by name and invite himself to Zacchaeus’ home for a meal. I think it was a practical demonstration of God’s merciful response to desperate, passionate desire.

Zacchaeus was desperate to see Jesus and Jesus went home with Zacchaeus rather than any of the hundreds of other people in the crowd and along the streets of Jericho.

I think of all the people I see at church on a weekend or at any gathering of Christ followers for worship, fellowship, and teaching, and I wonder which ones “take Jesus home” with them. I think I would be surprised if I really knew.

I want to “take Jesus home” with me every day. In fact, I want Jesus to live at my house, in my life, be involved in everything I do.

Prayer:

Father, I want Jesus to go everywhere I go. I want to be a disciple, to learn and absorb and be transformed by being with Jesus, and I want to be a representative to let others see what Jesus is like in the realities of daily life – at home, at work, in the community. I want to take Jesus home with me. Amen.

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