“He entered Jericho and was passing through.” (Luke 19:1a)
The story of Zacchaeus captivates children. Adults, too, actually. It is a story of compassion, repentance, forgiveness, redemption, restoration, and salvation. It touches our hearts. But the only reason the event happened was because Jesus was passing through Jericho, where Zacchaeus lived, on His way to Jerusalem and ultimately Calvary.
If Jesus were to pass through your neighborhood, would you be among those who go out to see Him? And if you did, what would you ask of Him? What an experience that would be!
BUT – we actually already have something better than that, don’t we? He dwells in us. We do not have to wait for Jesus to come to our town, and neither does He just pass through. He has “moved in” as the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and in our minds. We are now one with Him. We can talk with the Lord any time. We can fellowship with Him any time. We walk with Him all the time. He is no longer just passing through. We have an eternal relationship with Him and He is now eternally present with us, and ultimately we will be eternally with Him.
Throughout the day, let Him remind you of this.
Indeed, Lord, please do remind us throughout this day and each day that You are with us as we walk through this life. Amen.