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A Wee Little Man and A Whole Lotta Grace

March 23, 2017

Zacchaeus was a wee little man. Sunday School has driven this bit of trivia into our minds with all the force of a 20 pound sledgehammer. Zacchaeus was a rich little man. Zacchaeus was a hated little man. Zacchaeus was a man considered by much of Israel to be the lowest scum in the whole Roman empire. Zacchaeus was a traitor to Israel who worked collecting taxes for the Roman oppressors. Zacchaeus was an extortioner and embezzler, increasing his riches by every denarius he collected from his own nation over the amount demanded by Rome. Zacchaeus was a villain, backed by the power of the state to perpetrate his villainy among his own people.

Zacchaeus heard Jesus was coming through Jericho. He hurried to see Jesus, but because of the crowd and his world famous diminutive height he could not see. Well, he climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he really wanted to see. As the Savior passed that way He looked up into the tree and He saw a miserable wretch of a man. He saw a man hated and despised. He saw a man in desperate need of Jesus. Jesus went to Zacchaeus’ home. Zacchaeus did not chafe at the Lord’s imposition, he rejoiced. When Jesus entered Zacchaeus’ home, the vile little man declared his repentance, promising to give half his wealth to the poor and restore four times as much to any he had falsely overcharged.

Zacchaeus was marvelously saved. He received the grace of God that brings salvation. He received the peace of God that is beyond comprehension. Zacchaeus was saved because Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

Grace. Five letters that encompass a wealth of blessing.

Grace, the gift of God given to those who deserve it least. Grace, the great riches of God given to the believer to live the Christian life. Grace is an incomparable gift. Grace is always freely given never purchasable at any price.

Grace begins with salvation, but it does not end there. The Bible is “the word of His grace.” (Acts 20:32) Grace is that which enables the Christian walk and gives the ability to obey the commands of God. Grace equips the believer to walk in Godliness and maintain a good testimony in this world. Grace is the strength that enables the child of God to continue to fight and war against sin in this life. Grace is that which overthrows the bondage of sin and gives the ability to live victorious lives. Grace is responsible for the dispersion of spiritual gifts to the believers.

God makes His grace overflow to His children so the Christian will be overflowing in every good work. God’s grace is sufficient in every need and trial. God’s grace makes the Christian’s service pleasing to Him and makes His former enemies acceptable before His throne as members of the body of Christ. God has given to the Christian all these things, and more, according to His wealthy grace.

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