2015-06-13 - Seeking Jesus
In Luke 18:35-43, we find the story of a blind beggar, and Luke 19:1-10, we read the familiar account of Zacchaeus the short man. What do these two men have in common? They were both seeking Jesus. The blind man was forced to sit along the roadside, where he begged for food and money. When Jesus approached, the crowds urged the blind man to be silent. Instead, he called out loudly for Jesus to come to him. Because of his faith, the blind man was healed by Jesus.
The second man, Zacchaeus, was a tax collector. In Jesus' time, tax collectors were reviled as agents for the Roman authorities. Zacchaeus was described as wealthy. He may have become rich by collecting extra taxes and pocketing the surplus for himself. Yet Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. Since he was a short man, he climbed up a tree, to get a view of Jesus. Jesus noticed Zacchaeus, and invited himself to Zacchaeus' house. Zacchaeus put his faith in Jesus, and vowed to repay the people that he had cheated. His life changed.
Both men were seeking Jesus. The blind man sought Jesus for healing of his eyesight. Zacchaeus sought Jesus for the healing of his heart. Are you seeking Jesus today? Or better yet, is Jesus seeking you? Jesus said, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." (Luke 19:10)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.