Take Jesus Home
06 October 2016
Reading: Esther 9-10; Luke 19
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, there were sick people who needed a miracle of healing, and there were curious people who just wanted to be where the action was. Then there was Zacchaeus the outcast—the hated tax collector who passionately wanted to see Jesus!
I’m not sure what prompted Jesus to stop under the tree, call Zacchaeus by name, and invite himself to his home for a meal. I think it was a practical demonstration of God’s merciful response to a man’s desperate, passionate desire.
Jesus went home to dinner with Zacchaeus, “a notorious sinner”, rather than with any of the religious leaders or other people in the crowd that day.
Of all the people I see at church on a weekend—gathered for worship, fellowship, and teaching—I wonder which ones “take Jesus home” with them. I think I would be surprised if I really knew. I wonder if I ever leave Jesus at church when it’s over?
I want to “take Jesus home” with me every day. In fact, I want Jesus to live at my house, in my life, and be involved in everything I do. How about you?
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 represent for others what it’s like to be with Jesus in the realities of daily life—at home, at work, in the community. I want to take Jesus home with me. Amen.