A Wee Little Man
Scripture selection: Luke 19:1-10
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 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.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
It’s one of my earliest memories of life in the church.
All the children would sing a catchy little song that began, “Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he….”
It’s all about a hated tax collector being welcomed into a new life – and new relationship with God – by a compassionate savior named Jesus.
Each year around Easter children gather in churches large and small to once again sing that same song – and learn a great lesson.
Jesus’ compassion reaches out to everyone – no matter how hated, outcast, or forgotten they are.
I like the simple power of this story.
And I reminded, time and again, God is all about touching the “untouchable” of the world.
Come, Lord Jesus – teach us again – teach us how to love as we have been loved – no matter who we are or what we’ve done.