“[Jesus] looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name! ‘Zacchaeus!’ he said.” (Luke 19:5a)
All of Zacchaeus’ life he’d been ridiculed and rejected, first for his appearance and then for his sinful life. But Jesus not only looked at him; Jesus also showed that he knew him by calling Zacchaeus by name. Imagine the shock Zacchaeus must have felt! How did Jesus know his name?
God not only knows where you are; he knows who you are. He knows what you’re going through, why you’re going through it, and how you feel about it. He knows you better than you know yourself. He cares about you personally.
The name Zacchaeus means “pure one.” That’s the last thing you would ever think of when you think of a corrupt government official ie a tax collector. He was anything but pure. And yet Jesus, by calling Zacchaeus by name, was saying, “Hey, pure one, I’m coming to your house today.” Jesus was affirming what he saw in Zacchaeus and what he was created for, not what he was doing at that time.
Jesus did not look at Zacchaeus, in the perspective of the world but who The Potter had created.,a masterpiece.
Not a tax collector or sinner but ZACCHAEUS , My Pure one.!!
How crazy is this.. !! The world said he is a sinner ,a good for nothing ..But Jesus did not pay heed to what the world called him but called out MY PURE ONE. 🙂
The devil might throw your sins ,your past, your weakness, your addictions at you to discourage you and to deviate you from your destiny or even when you trying to cling on to Jesus in your weakness.
You’re all guilty and stay away from GOD.. But let me tell you this..That GOD only looks at the finished work of CHRIST on the cross… nothing of your Past,sins..blah blah.. can stop HIM loving you like crazy.. or Falling in Love with you every single second..!!
Let that sync… into your system for sometime….
You may be afraid to get close to Jesus because you think he’s going to chide you for all the things you’ve done wrong or messed up. But Jesus wants to affirm you. He wants to let you know how much he loves you.
“Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15-16a NLT).
When Jesus died on the cross, stretched out his arms, and the soldiers put nails through his hands, your name was engraved there. When you get to Heaven, there will be no scars on anyone except Jesus. He’s going to have those scars for eternity to remind us how much he loves us, to say, “Do you think I could forget you? Not a chance! This is how much you matter to me.”
That thought is mind blowing.. Can you imagine Jesus will continue to have those scars for eternity just to remind Himself and you, How much he loves you.!!
The darling of Heaven, fairest of ten thousands, Lilly of the valley is willing to bear the scars of shame for eternity to remind you that you are worth it all…. Every single bit of it!!
In Christ ,