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Jesus was criticized for going to Zacchaeus’ house because Zacchaeus was considered a great sinner. Jesus said plainly, “I have come to save that which was lost.”

He did not just come to uncover the cap of someone who already had it, but He came to fill the lives of those who wanted their lives to be “filled to the brim.” He came to the lost who wanted salvation and those who were looking for something more fulfilling in their lives.

Such was the case with Zacchaeus who exercised the same faith as Abraham. Jesus invited himself to the tax collector’s house. Publicans were among the most hated and despised. Jesus was and is the seeker. He is the caller and He is the gatherer. So He is now.

He will come to you because he needs to. What is this need? We want more from Him. We long to know Him more and to know Him better. We want to partner with Him and share with Him that He will give us some of His goodness and greatness.

Zacchaeus brought about a radical change in his life because of the presence and invitation of Jesus. He entrusted half of his wealth to the poor, who, as a tax collector, had previously taken as much as he could from those he taxed.

He became a changed man, paying back what he had wrongfully exacted from the taxpayers! His conversion undoubtedly impressed those around him. Not only would he make fourfold reparation to those he had defrauded or overcharged for taxes and treated the taxpayers unfairly, now, controlled by love, he paid his debts and sought the way of love rather than greed. Oh God, how the Lord changes hearts when He comes on the scene.

In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly.” When we respond to Jesus’ call with selflessness, giving, generosity and love, we have more of Jesus. When we have more of Jesus, we have a more fulfilling life.

Jesus came and said, “I have come to seek and to save.” He always has a purpose; never aimlessly. When He was in the pool of Bethesda, what happened? He was searching. He was calling. He was gathering. He knew exactly where to go to find those most in need.

There he was in the pool where he was sick, paralyzed, crippled, lame, stopped (couldn’t walk just a few steps but had to stop and regain his balance). The blind were there. They believed that when the water erupted, whoever entered the water first would be healed.

This one person, among many, chosen by Jesus for healing. He was a demonstration case, a visual lesson for others around him to see and witness this miracle. He sought out the man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. He wanted to be healed, but there was no one to take him there first to be released into the gushing waters where they believed an angel would come and bring healing.

Now that the paralyzed man has been healed, they must see and realize that there is more to healing than “waiting for the moving of the waters.” There was another way that many could be healed. He was the “caller”.

His miracle brought the attention of many others there to tell them that healing was available to them too, without waiting hopelessly, endlessly for the water to break out. It was an amazing new reality for them. His miraculous power brought joy and intense persecution and criticism unto death.

How is it that He dared to break the rules of the church, that there should be no work on the Sabbath. The paralytic took up his mat and set out on the Sabbath, and Jesus boldly violated him.

The Sabbath was sacred to them before the saving of life and the relief of pain, suffering, and the crippled body. They wanted to hunt Him down and kill Him. It was their way. They believed they were right.

Sometimes people think they are right in their own eyes, but in the eyes of Almighty God they are wrong. It is difficult for people to come to their own fault.

The psalmist said it so rightly in Psalm 139 – “You have tried me and known me. You know when I sit down. You know when I get up. You know me wherever I am. If I am in the uttermost parts of the earth, you know where I am. Even before I was in the womb and before I was born, you knew me then.

That is God and let us not forget that there is nowhere for us to go that God does not know. There is only one true God and He had no partners in creation. I encourage you to get to know Him deeply. He knows each one of us intimately. He knows. He knows every beat of your heart, he knows.

Thanks for reading! Jeanette Grattan Parker is the Founding Superintendent of Today’s Fresh Start Charter School 4514 Crenshaw Boulevard, LA 90043, 323-293-9826, www.todaysfreshstart.org (Ask Dr. Jeanette TM) Inquiring minds want to know, All articles are copyright protected. All rights reserved © The Holy Bible New Testament, Errors? Tell me. Sunday Music and Messages: 11:30 a.m. {1-712-775-8971—Code 266751}References: (Holy Bible) Believer’s Bible Commentary Pray.

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