5th November 2016

Salvation Has Come to This House

“When Jesus came to the place [where Zacchaeus was] he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today’…Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house…’”
Luke 19:5, 9 (NRSV)

It’s quite a well-known story. Zacchaeus was a rather dishonest tax collector who wanted to see Jesus. However, he was rather short and so he climbed a tree to see Him. Jesus saw Zacchaeus and invited himself to Zacchaeus’ house. Zacchaeus let Him in, then repented of all he was and Jesus promised him salvation.

That’s the story on the physical level. But, as always with what Jesus said and did, there was a deeper spiritual lesson. This one is no exception. Let’s see what it is:

The key thing for us is to realise that it wasn’t just Zacchaeus’ physical house that Jesus was inviting himself into. Zacchaeus also had a spiritual house – himself! And that was where Jesus wanted to enter. Also, let’s remember that Zacchaeus didn’t make the invitation, Jesus did. All Zacchaeus did was to open the door. And then what? No doubt Jesus had a good look round and saw a lot of things that shouldn’t have been there. From the narrative we can guess that they included greed, cheating, deception and more. Jesus would have told Zacchaeus what He had found and Zacchaeus promised to get rid of them. That’s real repentance. And the story concludes by saying that Jesus promised salvation to him.

Can we see ourselves as being like Zacchaeus? Along comes Jesus. He wants to be let into our spiritual homes—our hearts. In fact, He demands to be let in! Whether reluctantly or enthusiastically, we open the door and in He comes. What does He find when he gets in? An awful spiritual mess that most people try to keep hidden from others. But it can’t be hidden from Jesus. He looks around, surveys the scene, and compiles a list of all that needs to be done. We agree and repent. But Jesus knows that the clean-up process will take a lifetime. So He then and there provides the clean-up materials – his Holy Spirit – and says “Salvation has come to this person.”

Prayer
Father, there is no one whose secrets are kept hidden from you. May I unlock the door of my heart to Jesus and let him in. Then may I earnestly desire to change, and rejoice that I have been promised his salvation.
Amen

Study by Christopher Reeve

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Chris ReeveAbout the Author:
Chris Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK, where his wife, Hilary accompanies him.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane
Blean
CANTERBURY CT2 9JA

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

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