The story of Zacchaeus can be found in the Gospel of Luke (19:1-10). This story begins as a short little man, a tax collector as well, climbs a tree to hear Jesus speak. Was he stuck in his ways and possibly in the canopy of that tree? It is likely that people were jeering at Zacchaeus as he was climbing that tree and perhaps thinking that he was stuck at the top. They surely didn’t want this type of man interrupting their chance to see Jesus and were likely frustrated that he was even there. After all, Jesus had come to save them from people like Zacchaeus. Hadn’t he?
Just like Zacchaeus, if Jesus would visit our house today, we might be asking how we can detach from our unhealthy circumstances. He already knows who we are and He is ready to help us move onto a higher branch. All we have to do is ask.
His presence alone and his love for us will lead us to do things we never thought we could do. We can easily assume that Zacchaeus life became unstuck from the unhealthy choices and he experienced a fuller life after his encounter with Jesus. I pray that each of us can have that important conversation with Jesus to help us get UNSTUCK!
KIDS, you are invited to Sunday School to learn more about Zacchaeus and Jesus’ journey through Lent SUNDAY @ 10AM!