7th February 2013

Curiosity

“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NKJV)

The search vehicle that landed on Mars some months ago has been very aptly named Curiosity. The word means, of course, “An eager desire to know” or “Inquisitive” and so this little buggy will roam far and wide searching out, probing, examining, testing and observing the landscape of Mars—just to see what it can come up with.

An eager desire to know, used rightly, is a great quality for us human beings to have.  It opens up great doors of knowledge and understanding for us and continually adds to our store of information. I guess this is the reason small children continually ask the question—“Why?”

Zacchaeus, the tax collector, was curious; curious to see Jesus! He lived in Jericho and in the eyes of the people there he was a traitor; he collected taxes for the Romans, and of course lined his own pocket as well. On the day Jesus entered Jericho there was a crowd waiting to see him and Zacchaeus was there too. Luke tells us that he was “vertically challenged” and couldn’t see over the crowd, but undaunted, he ran to a sycamore-fig tree and climbed up into the branches. Apparently this species of tree has low branches (ideal for Zacchaeus!), and dense foliage; and so, hidden in amongst the leaves, this individual is happy that he can see without being seen. He wants to keep this Jesus at arms length, so to speak, to be able to observe him but not to be seen to be interested! Many of us are like this, we like to be the ones to call the shots, but notice, on his way out of the town Jesus stops below this tree, looks up and calling this individual by name, asks him to come down and invites himself to dinner! I’ll bet this hider’s eyes were as big as dinner plates with shock. Interestingly, this meeting with Jesus totally transforms him and he repented of his old habit of ripping off his people. (Luke 19:1-10 NIV). Notice what Jesus says to him in verses 9-10; “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 what was lost.”

Curiosity may have “killed the cat” but for Zacchaeus, his desire to know more about Jesus brought him to salvation and eternal life.

Maybe you are curious also?

Prayer
Gracious Father, make me more curious and bring me to a greater knowledge of your Son, Jesus, that I may be continually transformed by his presence in my life
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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