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Take Jesus Home

Take Jesus Home

05 October 2011

Today’s Reading: Esther 9-10; Luke 19

Scripture:

1 Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. 3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” 6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. (Luke 19:1-7 NLT)

In this Jericho crowd there were disciples who followed Jesus wherever he went, there were local religious leaders who were jealous of Jesus’ popularity and concerned that he wasn’t part of the system, there were sick people who needed a miracle of healing, there were curious people who just wanted to be where the action is, and there was Zacchaeus the outcast, hated tax collector who passionately 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.

Jesus went home to dinner with Zacchaeus, “a notorious sinner”, 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 to be with Jesus and Jesus to be with me 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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