HAPPY PENTECOST SUNDAY!
We celebrate this day for the day that the Apostles were filled with the Holy Ghost and had tongues of fire upon their heads and spoke in their Holy Language.
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Grab a pen and a notebook, your drink and maybe a snack and I will delve into the subject right after we invite The Birthday Boy so-to-speak. He wasn’t birthed by a woman but was wonderfully birthed into the lives of God’s people.
Jesus calls Zacchaeus down from his height in the tree.
Luke 19 1-10
Jesus and Zacchaeus
Luk 19:1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
Luk 19:2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
Jesus loves all, the rich and the poor. It rains on the just and the unjust. Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. We may not love one another but Jesus loves us.
A descendant of Abraham, he was an example of Jesus’s personal, earthly mission to bring salvation to the lost. Tax collectors were despised as traitors (working for the Roman Empire, not for their Jewish community), and as being corrupt. Because the lucrative production and export of balsam was centered in Jericho, his position would have carried both importance and wealth. In this account, he arrived before the crowd who were later to meet with Jesus, who was passing through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem. He was short in stature therefore he was unable to see Jesus through the crowd. Zacchaeus then ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree along Jesus’s path. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up at the sycamore tree (actually a sycamore-fig ficus sycomorus), addressed Zacchaeus by name, and told him to come down, for he intended to visit his house. The crowd was shocked that Jesus, a religious teacher/prophet, would sully himself by being a guest of a sinner.
Now here’s some facts about Zacchaeus:
Clement of Alexandria refers once to Zacchaeus in a way which could be read as suggesting that some identified him with apostle Matthew or Matthias. However, Luke indicates that Matthias was with Jesus in the beginning since the baptism of John (Acts 1:21–22). John also told us that later, many of Jesus’ disciples turned back and no longer followed him (John 6:60-66). The later Apostolic Constitutions identify “Zacchaeus the Publican” as the first bishop of Caesarea (7.46).
Medieval legend identified Zacchaeus with Saint Amadour, and held him to be the founder of the French sanctuary, Rocamadour.
In Eastern Orthodox and Greek-Catholic Churches of Slavic tradition, the Gospel account of Zacchaeus is read on the last Sunday preceding the liturgical preparation for Great Lent, for which reason that Sunday is known as “Zacchaeus Sunday”. It is the first commemoration of a new Paschal cycle. The account was chosen to open the Lenten season because of two exegetical aspects: Jesus’s call to Zacchaeus to come down from the tree (symbolizing the divine call to humility), and Zacchaeus’s subsequent repentance.
In the Eastern churches of Greek/Byzantine tradition, Zacchaeus Sunday may fall earlier than the Sunday before the Pre-Lenten season.
In Western Christianity, the gospel pericope concerning Zacchaeus is the reading for a Dedication of a Church or its anniversary. In Southern Bavaria, a red banner with a white cross may be flown outside a Church on its anniversary, which is consequently called the Zacchaeus flag.
The story of Zacchaeus is used by some to illustrate the saying of Jesus: “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8), because the name Zacchaeus means ‘pure’. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Zacchaeus is: Clean; pure. Zacchaeus was a tax collector who became a disciple of Jesus.
Zacchaeus also becomes a contrast of character with the Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:18–23). Both Zacchaeus and the Rich Young Ruler were wealthy men, but one was self-righteous and would not give up his possessions, while the other gave half his possessions to feed the poor.
Luk 19:3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
Imagine being shorter than everyone around you, most likely teased on a daily basis and hated because you are a rich tax collector or in our days today “cute” or “smart”. Matthew experienced this hatred as well. People are not prone to enjoy the company of tax collectors. It’s like having a meal with the IRS. Zacchaeus was a descendant of Abraham, he was an example of Jesus’s personal, earthly mission to bring salvation to the lost. Tax collectors were despised as traitors (working for the Roman Empire, not for their Jewish community), and they were viewed as being corrupt. This was a very rich man who was interested in Jesus.
1. This is a typical example that if you preach God’s unadulterated Word, He will send people to
support you. The Word draws riches, not our personalities.
Luk 19:4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
A sycamore tree was a big, beautiful fig tree. (Show pic) One Sycamore tree-example given to us in the Word of God, only appeared to have fruit in it in which Jesus cursed when He was hungry. The tree actually had no fruit. But, THIS fig tree had MUCH fruit in it with the interest that one small-built, hated man had for Jesus.
1. Zacchaeus was rich yes, but he had to feel much despair, rejection and hatred from the people that he was getting rich off of. All rich people aren’t necessarily happy. Money may
help but it doesn’t heal the heart, the spirit, and the soul. Many people sold their souls for
money and to this day, they are empty inside and lost.
Zacchaeus figured “You may hate me and despise my appearance but I heard that THIS God/ Man looks on the inside. He will not hate me.”
a. Did you ever feel rejected over your financial status or your looks?
Luk 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
This was Zacchaeus’s Divine Calling! Everybody else looked down upon him and
not just physically speaking but they were most likely jealous of his riches.
Watch out for jealousy, it will cause you to become abandoned and lonely if
you let it.
Jealousy oppresses you to no end. You just won’t fit in with the culprits.
People can be jealous of your riches, your house, your yard, car, job, children, hair
and nails, looks, mate, ministry, and God only knows what else. They abused Zacchaeus,
despised him, abased his name and character, and here comes the Savior of the World,
telling him that He wanted to stay at his house! Imagine how awesome Zaccheaus felt
being accepted by the Chief Cornerstone, the Son of the Creator, the Savior…IN FRONT OF
everyone who dogged him and hated him! And Jesus did this to you as well my friends. He
has called and is calling you amongst all of your haters. And let me tell you a tip, NONE of them
will agree and most likely try to talk you out of it. Ignore the haters. Sup with Jesus.
Luk 19:6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
Zacchaeus wasn’t playing. He was elated that the Master was going to sit and dine at his
home. Be ready for the Master everyone. Always be ready. Nothing in the world can love
you like He can. Receive Him with open arms.
1. Zacchaeus came down out of that tree and received Christ.
Luk 19:7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
1. They called Jesus a wine-bibber, talked about how He sat with sinners. Just the
way that they do us today. You cannot pay any attention to it. I have had people question my integrity over people that I talk to or work with online. As a leader you have to learn to work with people at their level and accept their talents and pray for them to see Jesus and change their ways if need be.
2. Everyone murmured and gossiped just like they do us today. Let the haters hate. It’s
not your circus and not your monkeys, as they say, amen?
Luk 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
He wasn’t asked to say this by Jesus but Zacchaeus told the Lord that he gives away half of what he has, noting that he was not a greedy man and that, if anyone blames him falsely for anything, he gives them more than what they blame him for.
Luk 19:9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
Luk 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
This passage has been left out of so many bibles and no one understands why. This is actually Jesus’s mission. Why would anyone remove Jesus’s mission from a bible print? (And also Matthew 18:11)
And: Mat 18:12. It is not the Father’s will that one should perish.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Rom 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Before we make judgements about a person’s looks or career, let us take a good look within ourselves and wonder what makes us think that Jesus only died for the saved. Jesus died for the unsaved my friends. If you are saved, He lives in you. That’s why He wants us to tell others about Him. Hospitals are made for the sick, not the healthy. It’s the healthy that takes care of the sick. The sick cannot take care of themselves.
And I end this by saying, “Zacchaeus was an awesome guy.” People should stop teasing him for being short because in his heart, he was much larger than the taller ones. God bless Zacchaeus. Amen.
Are you saved? Now is the time to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. With all that is going on around the world, you need a friend. Jesus can be that special friend if you allow Him into your life. He is your helper and His Holy Spirit is your Comforter.If you are not saved, just repeat the Romans Road after me: Say “Jesus, I repent of my sins, I am so sorry Lord. I believe that you died on the cross and rose 3 days later from the dead, just for me and I accept what you have done, I accept you as my Savior. Thank you Jesus, amen.” Now go find a bible believing, Holy Ghost filled church and learn of Him, it’s never too late. Your new life starts now. All old things are gone away. God throws them as far as the East if from the West. Now….go live, laugh and love!
Num 6:24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:Num 6:25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:Num 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.Thank you for coming on today and I pray that your week goes by Victoriously! Rev Essie signing off! God bless and have a great day!
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Stromata Book 4 Ch 6 The New Advent Translation says “It is said, therefore, that Zaccheus, or, according to some, Matthew, the chief of the publicans, on hearing that the Lord had deigned to come to him, said, Lord, and if I have taken anything by false accusation, I restore him fourfold;” but the Greek has 18.104.22.168 Ζακχαῖον τοίνυν, οἳ δὲ Ματθίαν φασίν, ἀρχιτελώνην, ἀκηκοότα τοῦ κυρίου καταξιώσαντος πρὸς αὐτὸν γενέσθαι, ἰδοὺ τὰ ἡμίση τῶν ὑπαρχόντων μου δίδωμι ἐλεημοσύνην φάναι, κύριε, καὶ εἴ τινός τι ἐσυκοφάντησα, τετραπλοῦν ἀποδίδωμι. ἐφ’ οὗ καὶ ὁ σωτὴρ εἶπεν· can just about be read as “by some said to be Matthias”)
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