Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Luke 19:5-6: 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." So he hurried and came down and received Him joyfully.
There is an old poster that has a picture of "Uncle Sam." You know, the white haired man with the stars and stripes top hat and suit. He is looking right at house, pointing a finger at you and the caption read, "I Want YOU." And no matter where you were in front of the poster, the finger pointing at you, stayed pointed at you.
Jesus: "Zaccaeus: I Want YOU!"
Now, let's go to Jesus and Zacchaeus. I can picture it. Jesus, stopping in the middle of the street, looks up, points at Zacchaeus and says, "I Want YOU."
What does Jesus want Zacchaeus for? Jesus wants him because here is a man lost is his sins. Zacchaeus is chasing after the wind of wealth, status, and the like. Jesus wants Zacchaeus to change his ways. Jesus wants Zacchaeus and his life to be saved.
And Jesus is the one who can do it. Jesus came to seek out sinners in need of salvation. Jesus came to seek out YOU. Jesus came to save YOU.
Jesus Wants YOU
How did Jesus save you? Jesus was, and is, and forever will be, the sacrifice that God the Father required and commanded in order for salvation to occur. Jesus bore the curse of sin by being hung on a "tree," the cross. Jesus shed His perfect and innocent blood in order to spare us from death and hell. Jesus' body was battered, bruised, and broken. Jesus' blood was poured out upon the ground to wash you as white as snow, to cleanse you from all unrighteousness and sin.
Jesus wants YOU. Jesus came to seek YOU out and save YOU. How will you respond?
Holy Spirit, lead us to follow You as we respond to Jesus' call, Amen.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.