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Day 11: Luke 19:1-10
“He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when 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.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.””
I read this story this morning and it hit me where I needed it. In the Gospels Jesus tells the Pharisees that it is not the well that need a doctor. He came to heal the sick. What he is saying there, and again here in reference to Zacchaeus, is that he came for those who are willing to admit to Jesus and themselves that they are not ok. In our society it is unpopular to be needy. We look down on those who are dependent upon the government or other people — seeing them as weak. Or we feel awkward when we learn that a close friend can’t afford to meet us at Starbucks (or when we are that friend). But Jesus elevates those who are willing to see the truth of their depravity. I read this blog post yesterday and was promptly reminded this morning of how true it is. We need Jesus every hour. Every minute. In Christ, I am a dependent. And there is no shame. A year and a half ago I tattooed part of the verse Psalm 118:5 on my arm:
“In my anguish I cried to the Lord,
and he answered by setting me free.”
I did it as a reminder of who I was without Jesus in my life. But this morning it hit me that I still need to cry out to the Lord. Yes, we are being sanctified right now. But it will not be complete until Christ returns (or we die). We are still fallen. But in Christ, we are able to cry out and receive an answer. Every day. Because every day we are still in need! And that’s what Jesus is looking for. Seeking our Savior every day demonstrates faith that it is him alone who satisfies and comforts. He is the Great Physician our souls long for.
In Christ, I’m needy. And that’s good.