Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 43 (v.1) - I Must See Jesus!

Submitted: July 30, 2019

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As the group of men walked along, Jesus spoke a parable unto them on the importance of persistent prayer. He had long been an example to the disciples and all who knew Him, showing how to pray when to pray. He was the model of prayer.

"There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward, he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me." The disciples listened intently and seeing their faces waiting expectantly, He continued, "Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"

Recalling how the disciples seemed baffled at the rich man's rejection of salvation, and how He had told them not to trust in unprofitable, temporary, earthly riches, or even upon themselves, He took the opportunity for some last minute lessons. Each would serve them well in the days to come.

"Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.," Even as He spake, animated, He made actions with His hand, every word alive! "And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

Not much farther along from where blind Bartimaeus had joined with them, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich

Not much farther along from where blind Bartimaeus had joined with them, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was, but because he was so short he couldn't see over the people that thronged. Not caring who might see him, he ran ahead of Jesus, scrambling up into the branches of a sycamore tree.

Jesus grinned up at the man in a tree, "Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house!"

Joyfully, Zacchaeus made ready his guest chamber! But when the crowds saw in they were disgusted. Why would Jesus be a guest to a man that is a sinner? Wasn't there a better pick in Jericho?

The Lord paid the crowds no mind, His eyes focused on the small man before Him, "Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold!"

That was true repentance! A genuine turning from sin to holiness.

"This day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost!"

 


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