Monday, 14 March 2016

The long & the short of it

Society has its ways of elevating individuals on the basis of performance while exposing real life villains as scum. At times the lines get blurred & wires are crossed as justice & injustice do their thing in the Ecclesiastes walk of life. When the rich rob & scam the poor (as they do) it’s not that hard to see the greed & disadvantage for what it is. We yearn, argue & cry for justice as the oppressors freely strut about shamelessly.

Enter Zacchaeus, below average in height & chief tax collector perched in a sycamore tree looking to get a glimpse of Jesus as he passes through Jericho. Jesus calls the taxman down & says that he will be coming to Zacchaeus house. The crowd become annoyed & mutters...the injustice of it all, Zacchaeus the sinner & Jesus the prophet are an unholy mix. Luke 19:1-10.

Often it’s easy to spot when others go astray, yet we are not as gracious as Jesus, those whom we write off, Jesus may repair or regenerate. In Zacchaeus case a personal reformation takes place & what was lost becomes found.

If we don’t know Jesus as our personal Saviour then we are just as lost as anybody else on the scale of good to bad. Only in Jesus can we be found to be totally acceptable in God’s sight no matter what trend society may be following at the moment. “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6.


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