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If you ever went to Sunday School I’m sure you’ve heard about Zaccheus. His story, his encounter with Jesus is described in Luke 19:1 – 10. It’s a very funny story, and I have great memories of it being acted out at Beach Mission and on occasions when the Children have been invited to play a part in the church service.

Some of the scenes it brings to mind might be comical, but the outcome isn’t. It is marvellous, because a man who was living far away from God, met Jesus, repented of his sins and received Eternal life. We read:

And Jesus said to him (Zaccheus), “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:9 – 10)

What strikes me, what I ask of myself, and I invite you to ask also, as we reflect again on this story, is: ‘What did Jesus see?’ We have been commissioned by Jesus to

‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I (Jesus) have commanded you.’ (Matthew 28:19 – 20)

That’s what Jesus instructs us to do, it is our commission, and so while we have all, at one point, stood in the shoes of Zaccheus, needing salvation, now, if we follow and belong to Jesus then in this story, we place ourselves in Jesus’ shoes, looking to reach out to those who are lost … right? So in this story, what did Jesus see?

As Jesus travelled into Jericho on this day, His following was huge. Right after this story Jesus makes His way towards Jerusalem and the Triumphal Entry that we remember as Palm Sunday. The crowds were enormous. Among the noise, the dust, those pushing and shoving to get to Jesus, wanting to touch Him, wanting to be healed, what caused Jesus to stop, and look up at a little man in a tree?

I don’t know what Jesus prayed when He got up before the sun that morning, but I wonder if it wasn’t something like:

“Father, don’t let me miss ‘the one!’ Whoever it is You want me to see, whoever it is You want me to go with, whoever it is You want me to listen to and to speak to, whoever it is You want me to touch – let me see them. Don’t let Me miss them.”

Maybe that wasn’t Jesus’ prayer that morning – but I believe it was His heart – and it should be ours also. So let me ask you:

Did you pray a prayer like that this morning? If not, would you pray it now?