The Testimony of a Tax Collector

Whatever possessed a rich, well-to-do man like Zacchaeus to climb a tree just to get a glimpse of Jesus? Today’s sermon, based on the Bible story found in Luke 19:1-10, spins a tale of the way it might have been.

Come with me as we travel to the backside of the Roman Empire, into the sweltering, fly-infested land of Palestine. We continue our track across difficult terrain until we reach the fragrant field city of Jericho. Here is the home of the despised man, Zacchaeus, a tax collector.

Today we will join Zacchaeus on a tax–collecting trip. Our goal will be to answer this question: What was it that made Zacchaeus throw embarrassment, shame, and ridicule all to the wind, to do something as uncharacteristic as climbing up a tree and crawling right out onto the limb -- for all to see?

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Thank you for you story today I really enjoyed it. Even in Maine it is nice to come home to Berrien on Sabbath. Thanks for the broadcast!!! My girls and I also enjoyed the pictures and bunny for children's story.

A guilty heart knows only spasmotic rest. Having worked with the mentally depressed, the end results of putting off repentance, or disclosure and knowing how it brings a body, mind and spirit down to tears and eventual self destruction, the little man saw not only redem-tion, but freedom at it's best. He proved it by inviting Jesus home for dinner too.

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