Actions-Luke 19:1-10

Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”  6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.'” 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Luca 19:1-10 Gesù, entrato in Gerico, attraversava la città. Un uomo, di nome Zaccheo, il quale era capo dei pubblicani ed era ricco, cercava di vedere chi era Gesù, ma non poteva a motivo della folla, perché era piccolo di statura. Allora, per vederlo, corse avanti e salì sopra un sicomoro, perché egli doveva passare per quella via. Quando Gesù giunse in quel luogo, alzati gli occhi, gli disse: «Zaccheo, scendi, presto, perché oggi debbo fermarmi a casa tua».Egli si affrettò a scendere e lo accolse con gioia. Veduto questo, tutti mormoravano, dicendo: «È andato ad alloggiare in casa di un peccatore!» Ma Zaccheo si fece avanti e disse al Signore: «Ecco, Signore, io do la metà dei miei beni ai poveri; se ho frodato qualcuno di qualcosa gli rendo il quadruplo». Gesù gli disse: «Oggi la salvezza è entrata in questa casa, poiché anche questo è figlio di Abraamo; 10 perché il Figlio dell’uomo è venuto per cercare e salvare ciò che era perduto».
     The story of Zacchaeus occurred when Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem for the final time. Zacchaeus was most despised, not just because he was a tax collector, but because he was chief tax collector. The tax collectors hired by Rome made themselves rich by overcharging everyone. Zacchaeus was really on the top of the pyramid scheme so he collected fees from all the other tax collectors.
     It seems clear that Jesus already knew who Zacchaeus was. When Jesus tells him to come down from the tree, Zacchaeus “welcomed him gladly” (it literally means rejoiced). Of course, any tax-robbed citizen would be disturbed that Jesus would not only talk with a traitor to the Jews, but then invite Himself to his house. It could have bolstered Zacchaeus’ opinion that Jesus thought that he and his means of living had His approval. It would have been interesting to listen to the other guests’ conversation around the dinner table but more importantly… was the result. Zacchaeus stood up and voluntarily announced that he would give half of what he owned to the poor and, in addition, repay fourfold all the extortion money he had gained. His public acts of restitution reinforced how meeting Jesus had changed his life! A few verses earlier, Jesus had met a rich young ruler who was faced with a similar request from Jesus, but refused to follow Him (Luke 18:22). Zacchaeus, of his own accord, announced to everybody his change of heart.   
     The concluding words of Jesus to everyone were that salvation had come to this house; not just for the acts of restitution, but because a lost son of Abraham had been found.
Pray with me: Lord, I sometimes think that my relationship with You doesn’t require any action beyond my connection with You. Help me to see that having my relationship with You will be evidenced by my actions toward others.
 


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