First of all, get that daggum song out of your head. There’s so much more to this story than a “wee little man” with an arboreal affection. This drama has more layers than your grandma’s furniture arms have doilies. Jesus heals the blind man on His way into town and gets cheered, then befriends Zacchaeus on the way out and gets jeered. Zacchaeus is wealthy and powerful like the rich young ruler from last week, but everything else about his story seems to be the opposite. Then there’s Jesus pronouncing that Salvation has burst in not only on Zacchaeus, but on his whole household — just because Z makes a bold promise he probably couldn’t keep. And if we don’t pay attention, we’ll miss the importance of what we assume happened next.
Because this is where the story becomes real and personal for all of us: around the table.
Let’s dig in this week and see what we can find.
Grace and peace, y’all,
key text: Luke 19:1-10 (NET)