Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 19:1-10 (NIV)
I am desperate today. I am lonely. I am alone. I am afraid.
I thought that when I took this job I would have it made. But I didn’t and I haven’t got it made.
I see hate, I see ostracism these days in the looks of everyone I meet on the street.
In my family, in my neighborhood, in my synagogue.
I cannot give up this job, it has provided well for the family. We lack nothing…
but then… we have nothing…
the wife has no friends
the kids are mocked by even their cousins.
Is that him?
I can’t see him!
O God, I have to see him…
Please let me see him…
“Get out of my way!”
(Picks himself up and keeps running)
A tree! There is a tree! I can climb that tree!
He sees me!
O my God he is coming to me!
“Zacchaeus, come down I am eating dinner with you tonight!”
Lord, God, Elohim,
I have sinned.
I have been greedy.
I return to the people what is justly theirs.
God help me to change!