Who could not love the month of April? Not
only is Spring struggling to bloom, but it
is that glorious time of the year when
income taxes are due. “How special is
taxes is hardly a modern day privilege.
Charges imposed by government on persons
and/or properties date back to the Old
Testament. Man paid a poll tax of
half-shekel for the support of the
tabernacle worship, as well. (Exodus 30:15)
For many of
us, our first introduction to taxes comes
with the learning of a song about a “wee
little man,” named Zacchaeus. While the
essence of the song is Zacchaeus was small
in stature, climbed a tree to enable him to
see Jesus; Jesus walked by, looked up, saw
Zacchaeus, telling him to come down because
Jesus was going to his house that very day.
until later in Bible education does the rest
of the story come to light. Zacchaeus was
NOT this sweet little man every one adored.
He was a Tax Collector, disliked and
despised by everyone! It was not his
precariousness that prompted Jesus to want
to go to his house! Or was it?
it be that Jesus’ eyes saw not the stature
of the man or the chief among publicans or a
man regarded as a traitor who was defiled by
his contracts with pagans?
see Zacchaeus, the sinner OR could it be
that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, saw
Zacchaeus, the seeker? Someone so
desperately desired to see and hear the
Savior that he ran to climb the tree?
East it was unusual for a man to run,
especially a wealthy government official.
And to put aside his dignity to climb a
tree—simply unheard of! Could it be that
Jesus saw someone who would make haste, come
down and receive him joyfully?
the only instance in the four gospels of
Jesus inviting himself into someone’s home.
The evening ended with Zacchaeus committing
half of his wealth to the poor and restoring
fourfold to any man he had wronged. Jesus
ended the evening saying, “Today salvation
has come to this home.”
what an April event—think about it as you
pay your taxes.