Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”
Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:1-10
Last time I blogged about how God deals with injustice by making things right. God does justice, and He shows us how to do it too. Jesus gave us so many good examples of how to do justice in the world. I don’t think that going out on demonstrations or protesting was one of them.
I’m not really big on protesting. I do things to fight human trafficking, but I don’t stand around shaking signs or shouting. I don’t think protesting is always the best idea. In fact, protesting is rarely the right way to go. Protests can bring a lot of anger to a situation, and all too often, hate comes along with the anger. Plus protests can escalate into rioting, and even into war. I don’t think Jesus protested. I think He just stood for what was right, and that’s an awesome example for all of us.
But standing for what is right is not the only thing Jesus did about injustice. Jesus was all about love, and making things right by loving people into the truth. That’s the example I want to follow, man, because that is powerful stuff. Love is so much more powerful than anger.
When Jesus saw Zacchaeus in that tree, He decided to take him in. He said, “Hey man, I want to come to your house for dinner.” A lot of people protested that, saying, “Jesus, what are you doing? He’s a tax collector, a sinner, he’s the worst person on the planet, and you’re eating with him?” But Jesus did it anyway. He said, “Yes, but I’m doing justice here. I live a righteous life and I see a man that is not living in truth. So I’m going to go sit with him, and I’m going to love on him.” And by the time the conversation was over, Zacchaeus gave the people’s money back, with interest! So after sitting with Jesus, Zacchaeus made things right.
Jesus sought him out, and Jesus loved him into the truth. This is how Jesus created justice, and He did it everywhere. It’s an awesome lesson for us. Think of all the things we can make right through love.
See you Monday.