I have been fond of Zacchaeus, the “wee little man,” ever since I learned an action song about him when I attended Vacation Bible School during my childhood. There was so much about Zacchaeus that would appeal to a child-he was small, he climbed trees, and he was so openly delighted when Jesus spotted him in the sycamore tree and invited himself to dinner at his house. I liked the story so much that I have taught it and the song to several Sunday school classes, my own children and my grandchildren.
Why were so many people upset when Jesus ate at Zacchaeus’ house? The answer to this question harks back to the devotional reading for October 29. Both readings feature tax collectors-despised by their compatriots because of their jobs and wealth. And yet, neither was despised by Jesus.
Not only did Jesus not despise these two tax collectors, he claimed that they were saved. Both had acknowledged that they had done wrong and asked for God’s forgiveness. Jesus said they were saved because there is always room for repentant sinners in the kingdom of God. That message appealed to me as a child and still appeals to me as an adult today.
Thank you for second chances, Lord. Amen. — CKA