But the people were displeased. “He (Jesus) has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. Luke 19:7 New Living Translation
Zacchaeus was a tax collector for the Roman Government. He was not welcome in common social circles & was despised by the general populous. He was short in physical stature, so when Jesus came to town & was walking by, Zacchaeus scrambled up a nearby tree to catch a glimpse of this supposed Messiah. When Jesus spied Zacchaeus up in the tree Jesus told him to come down for he would be coming to his house for a meal. Anyone would have loved to have Jesus as a visitor in their home, but he called out a man that was vile & despicable to all those around him.
How often do we shun people because of their past or physical appearance? Not knowing their back-story we avoid them as if they carry the plague. Do we realize how UNChrist-like that behavior is? I am so guilty of that myself. I bring shame upon myself because of my preconceived prejudices. How about you?
Jesus came for the sinner, not the saint. We were all sinners at one time, undesirable to a pure & holy God, yet desirable because he created & loved us regardless of what we had ever said or done. When we find a distasteful trait within our own heart do we go about seeking to alter that behavior or do we shrug it off and continue on? God knows our shortcomings & is more than willing to help us purge the sinful behavior that lies within us. Submit to the mercy & grace of God & be changed from the inside out. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible