Our Jesus story at Dinner Church this evening is the story of Zacchaeus. This story tells of Jesus walking through a town and a man considered a scoundrel climbing a tree to see Jesus as he passes.
We might expect Jesus to condemn this man, to shout harsh words at him. Instead, Jesus invites himself to eat at Zacchaeus’s house. At this unlikely meal, Zacchaeus is transformed and receives a blessing from Jesus.
This is a story of grace from start to finish. Grace that calls us to draw near, grace that sees past our deeds and into our hearts, grace that loves us and calls us to be our best selves, grace that murmurs words of blessing over us.
Let’s read this story together this evening and talk about how grace has sought and blessed us.
Here is the Scripture:19He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ 6So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ 8Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ 9Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’
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