Zacchaeus: Love for the Hated

Pastor Ken Green

March 20, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Luke 19:1-10 |


In this week's Lenten midweek worship, we meet Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), a tax collector whom Jesus met in Jericho. Last week, we learned about being open and loving to the outcast (Luke 15:1-10). Here, the rubber meets the road. The truth is, some outcasts are more challenging to love than others. Zacchaeus was hated by the people because he, a Jew, betrayed his Jewish community by siding with the Romans. On top of this, he also cheated the people out of their money by charging more taxes than what was required. And yet, Jesus called him by name and proclaimed the good news of salvation. Jesus does the same for each of us today and He even loves the people we view as "unlovable."