Archives for November 2013
Text: Luke 19:1-10
I want to begin by asking you to do something this morning. I want you to think about someone that you really don’t like. Maybe this person cheated you or lied to you. Maybe they hold different beliefs or stand on the opposite side of the great political divide from you. Maybe they preach fire and brimstone; or maybe they preach social humanism based in the social gospel. Maybe they have bullied you at school, laughing and pointing at you as you walk down the hall. In your mind’s eye, see them—their face. Hear their voice—imagine them speaking to you. Now hold on to the image of that person. And we will come back to them in a moment.
Zacchaeus was a despised man. Standing barely five feet tall with his shoes on, he was the least popular man in Jericho. He was the head tax-collector for Rome in the district and he was also the richest man in Jericho. Most would tell you that he became the richest man in Jericho by cheating and lying and stealing from others. And possibly they would be right. We know from other stories in the Bible that tax collectors were not very well liked people because of their deceitfulness.