Even short people matter to God | Avalon Church

Zaccheus was a wee, little man,
And a wee, little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree,
For the Lord he wanted to see.
And as the Savior came that way,
He looked up in the tree,
And he said,”Zaccheus, you come down from there,”
For I’m going to your house today.
For I’m going to your house today.

Zaccheus was having a rough day. Luke tells us in his gospel account that Zaccheus (let’s just call him Zach, okay?) was a chief tax collector – which was bad enough on its own – but he was also short. This made for a really bad combination the day Jesus was entering Zach’s hometown of Jericho.

Zach really wanted to see Jesus – but the crowd lining the street was taller than him. As much as he jumped, all he really saw was the backside (you know what I mean) of the men and women in front of him. And saying, “Excuse me,” only made it worse. When folks looked behind themselves to see who was talking, they saw Zach the Tax Collector – and let their arms accidentally swing freely at their sides, whacking Zach right in the face with their elbows.

Zach had to go to extraordinary means to even get a glimpse of Jesus. In a totally unusual and undignified manner he climbed a tree alongside the street. Quite unlike the haughty tax official everyone knew him to be, he now looked like a child scampering up a tree – which probably made all the difference in the world – for Jesus himself told us that unless we become like children we really cannot grasp the Kingdom of God.

Zach had no idea when that day began how it would end. Zach thought he was invisible; but in the midst of the crowd, Jesus saw him and that moment changed his life. Jesus was about to transform Zack’s heart.

In preparation for our time of study Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following verses:

  • Luke 19:1-10 – the story of a man who learned how much he mattered to God

Hoping you will discover this Sunday how much you matter to God, too!

Beginning Monday, June 23, we will have a new Church Secretary. Cindy Williams, who has served us for the last three years in such an awesome manner, is going to retire from fulltime employment so she is free to be more involved in leading Bible studies, mentoring other women and spending time with her family. Monday the helpful voice on the other end of the phone will be Doris Carerro. Welcome to the staff team, Doris!

Pastor Jim

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