And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.Luke 19:1-8; KJV Bible
And, behold, 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; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
Hello, lovelies, welcome to Friday Reminders; a segment for motivating and encouraging each other. Today’s topic so “The good Sycamore Tree” derived from the above Bible text of Zacchaeus meets Jesus.
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Luke 19:1-10 is a text that encourages us to seek Jesus no matter how sinful we are and by grace we will be saved just like Zacchaeus. However, there is something else I learnt from this text and it is about the role of the sycamore tree in helping Zacchaeus to see Jesus Christ and these are as follows:
What kind of tree are you climbing into whenever you seek help?
The scriptural sycamore tree is more like a fig tree found in Africa and the Middle East. It’scientific name is Ficus Sycomorus and it has edible fruit similar but inferior to that of common figs. I would like to believe that Zacchaeus could have used any other tree alongside the road but, he chooses to climb onto the Sycamore tree. Why is it so? Jesus Christ was meant to pass that way.
Thus, when we seek Jesus in our sinful state today, let us not seek him in places where his presence is not. Of course, God is everywhere but, he surely isn’t in a place where evil is ruling. Seek God in places where you will find him and this is not among fetish and idol worshippers. Seek God in prayer privately or in fellowship at home or at church and you will surely see him just little Zacchaeus; for it is written ” where two or more are gathered in my name, there I will be with them”
What kind of a sycamore tree are you?
When our friends, colleagues and family members are distressed and seek redemption, what do you do? Do you help them see Jesus by being the shoulder they can rely on (being a brother’s keeper) just like Zacchaeus was able to find support on the sycamore tree or do you let them wither away to the call of death in sin.
We have been commissioned by Christ to “go ye therefore and preach the gospel to all nations and make disciples of God. As such, we must act according to our commission, bringing God’s lost sheep back into the herd. Be a good sycamore tree by supporting those who need your help in time of guilt and distress.
Tell them about Jesus. Let them know he is passing through that road just for them to see him and be saved. Tell them to ask for forgiveness and seek him through prayer and receive him joyfully when he comes just like Zacchaeus received Christ into his home and thus, receiving salvation.
Be the light, showing them the right path. Be the salt, adding flavor to their seemingly useless life. You must be the one who stirs hope, faith, trust and courage in them and do not ever be the reason why their spiritual growth is hindered for their blood will counted onto your head.
With that being said I hope we can wary of the places we seek God in and seek him earnestly and honestly in the right place. I also hope that those that lead others to Christ do it diligently without prejudice, scorn or anger.
Happy Friday; enjoy your weekend responsibly.