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climb the tree

By Irina Coombes
April 18, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HEREto read today’s passages.
Joshua 16:1-18:28
Luke 19:1-27
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 13:11

Zacchaeus was a wee little man. He saw Jesus coming into town but his small stature was an obstacle for him. So what did he do? He climbed a tree and watched Jesus come through town. This was not the only problem he had. Zacchaeus was a sinful man (according to Luke 19:7). Perhaps it was his sin that caused him to peer at Jesus through that tree and his guilt and shame prevented him from approaching Jesus. We don't know whether it was his height or lack of faith that caused him to climb that tree. But we do know one thing - Zacchaeus was not going to let his short-comings and obstacles stop him from getting just a glimpse of Jesus. 

What comes next is the best part! Jesus approached him and went to dine with him...a sinner! Zacchaeus immediately began to try to make things right and Jesus’ response to him was epic. “For the Son of man has come to seek and to save the lost.”

Jesus sought him out!!! What?! 

I personally don’t feel worthy to be sought after by the King of Kings, but that’s exactly why he came down from His throne. To forgive my sin, your sin, your momma’s sin….everybody’s sin! He came to seek us out and to make sure we know that he loves us, no matter what obstacles, challenges, and sins we have in our lives. 

Whatever obstacles we may face, may we seek after Jesus and live for Him. We have obstacles right now in front of us but we also have the tools to continue to do what we need to do. Today, more than ever, we have different avenues we can come to Jesus and seek him out. You can do it in the comfort of your own home. Call a pastor at New North and give your life to Jesus or rededicate your life. Listen to Live Stream. Join a Community Group. Become a part of the church and go through Next Steps. Volunteer and make a difference. 

Climb the tree.

To memorize:
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
— Luke 19:10