Sinners Jesus Will Receive

Sinners Jesus Will Receive

Thursday, April 2

Read: Luke 19:1-10

Zacchaeus climbed up into a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus in the multitude that passed by. This became the decisive moment in his life.

A South African chaplain has imagined what Zacchaeus thought when Jesus called out to him. At the word, “Zacchaeus,” his response probably was, “He knows me.” At the words, “Make haste and come down,” it may have been, “He wants me.” And at the announcement, “I must stay at your house today,” the reaction doubtless was, “He needs me.”

Zacchaeus was a wealthy man by human standards but poverty-stricken in the currency of eternity. When he pleaded bankruptcy before Jesus, he became the possessor of inexhaustible riches. He immediately evidenced that his life had been transformed by Christ.

Give us, dear Lord, a fresh vision of what our lives may be by your grace. AMEN.

About the Author

Theodore W. Anderson (1889–1972) served as president of the Evangelical Covenant Church for twenty-six years, from 1933 to 1959. Elected during the height of the Depression, he guided the church through a time of challenges, conflict, and developing identity. Anderson wrote these devotionals for the Home Altar in 1963.

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