What Jesus Did! 'The Joy of Sinners in Jesus' — Luke 19:6-7

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Then Zacchaeus came down quickly. He was happy to have Jesus in his house. All the people saw this. They began to complain, "Look at the kind of man Jesus stays with. Zacchaeus is a sinner!"
— Luke 19:6-7 NLT
Illustration of Luke 19:6-7 NLT — Then Zacchaeus came down quickly. He was happy to have Jesus in his house. All the people saw this. They began to complain, "Look at the kind of man Jesus stays with. Zacchaeus is a sinner!"

Key Thought

I'm not sure how those of us who are religious today would react to the actions of Jesus with sinners if he were physically among us today. I do know, however, that many who regard themselves as sinners are still excited to know they are actually welcomed by Jesus into his grace. Those of us who have been in Christ a long time need to be re-awakened to the hunger that many people have for the Lord. Let's help them find him by looking for those seeking to find him. Then, let's welcome them as Jesus did.

Today's Prayer

Father, open my eyes to see those around me who are seeking after your Son. Please give me the wisdom to know when to speak, what to say, and how to act so that I can be helpful in their search to come to know Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Peter 3:13-16
  • Luke 15:1-7
  • James 5:19-20

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.