A Tax Collector in a Tree

Luke 19:1-10

As Jesus and the crowds were passing through Jericho, a chief tax collector named Zaccaeus wanted to lay eyes on Jesus, but being a short man, he couldn’t see above the crowd, so thinking quickly, he ran ahead of the procession and climbed a tree so that he could have a good view. When Jesus came to the tree, He commanded Zaccaeus to come down from the tree, for He was heading to his house.

To the amazement of everyone, Zaccaeus came down and greeted Jesus happily, but the crowd muttered about Jesus consorting with “sinners”.  Once at his house, Zaccaeus made an amazing declaration: He, a very wealthy man, would give half his fortune to the poor, and anyone he had cheated, and he was in the business of cheating people, he would repay fourfold.

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (19:9-10)

And so there you have it, dear reader; a camel can in fact, pass through the eye of a needle, for where the Kingdom is, lives will change.


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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5 Responses to A Tax Collector in a Tree

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sadly, despite the transformation that can take place, like the people in this account who grumbled, some church organisations do not always accept that people can change.

    • Don Merritt says:

      That is true; some do not accept it.

    • To become a Christian you first have to admit you are the worst of sinners and powerless to change yourself. Once Jesus forgives the millions you owe him and makes you clean what will He do if you go out and meet someone who owes you a day’s pay and you demand it from him? This is the terrible position the “Church” is in if they do not accept anyone and everyone. I didn’t say “approve of what they do” I said accept, value, extend warmth, be hospitable towards, be non-condemning of the person and choose to help them. I fail at this at times, but it is my goal.

  2. Lionel Sneed says:

    Great point in which I never saw! I learned something new today! Thank you for sharing my friend.

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