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sexta-feira, 26 de dezembro de 2014
THE GREATEST OF ALL MIRACLES
All the people saw this and began to mutter,
“He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
Luke 19:7 (read 19:1-10) – NIV
Jesus did not seek popularity or fame, but he was
always followed by a crowd of admirers. On this occasion his "fans"
hindered his ministry by preventing a person in spiritual need to get near him.
Jesus needed to go against the opinion of the crowd in order follow his
priorities. Jesus did an unpopular thing when he stopped to greet Zacchaeus,
the hated chief of the tax collectors. For the crowd, Zacchaeus was an evil man
who deserved contempt and to be ignored. For Jesus, Zacchaeus was a lonely
person who needed friendship. Jesus found it more important to demonstrate love
to Zacchaeus than to project a good public image. Everyone began to grumble
against the friendship that Jesus showed with Zacchaeus. Jesus’ priority was to
seek the lost, not win applause.
The crowd was expecting miracles and discourses. To his
"fans", Jesus did everything wrong. What Zacchaeus deserved was to
hear a "good sermon” warning him to stop being so shameful. He needed
someone to put him in his place. The attitude of Jesus shocked the public. They
expected an energetic confrontation instead of friendliness. What a
Unlike the crowd, Jesus performed the miracle of love
and preached the message of unconditional acceptance. To love others as they
are and accept them unconditionally was the ministry of Jesus. That is the
model to be followed today. It's harder than preaching sermons, making
doctrinal statements and performing "miracles".
Zacchaeus had no friends. Nobody liked him. He lived
in a spiritual and social vacuum. He tried to fill the void with material
goods, but he was still unhappy. Undoubtedly he heard about Jesus, and that awakened
hope within him. He tried to get close, but the hostile crowd prevented his
passage. In the face of obstacles Zacchaeus swallowed his pride and dignity. He
ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a tree as though he were a kid in order to
see Jesus pass by. But to everyone's surprise Jesus stopped under the tree and
called Zacchaeus by name and invited him to come down and receive him in his
house. What a contrast between the hostility of the crowd and the friendship of
The miracle of the unconditional love of Jesus
unleashed another miracle, the transformation of Zacchaeus. Suddenly, Zacchaeus
found the greatest wealth in the world, the love of friendship. Money lost its
throne. Upon experiencing love Zacchaeus began to share with others.
The sign of salvation is generosity. The moment
Zacchaeus announced his decision to distribute his wealth instead of collecting
the goods of others, Jesus said, "Today salvation has come to this
The difference between salvation and damnation is the
difference between sharing and hoarding. Selfishness wants to accumulate things
both, material and spiritual, and love leads us to share our blessings with
The miracle of unconditional love opens our heart to
be a friend of the outcast and can influence them to practice justice. Stopping
and talking to Zacchaeus was one of the greatest miracles that Jesus performed.
Luke 19:1-10 – New International Version (NIV)
ZACCHAEUS THE TAX COLLECTOR
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.”