The Allure of Christ

Luke 19:1-2 — 1 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich (NKJV).

Zacchaeus was not a good man. Luke records that he was rich, and it’s widely known that he made his fortune by overtaxing the people of Jericho. He also likely suffered from “short man’s syndrome,” as the Bible says he was short in stature (Luke 19:3). In fact, a popular kids’ song depicts Zacchaeus as a Wee Little Man. (It’s okay to laugh a little.)

Even though he was an ungodly person, Zacchaeus was desperate to see Jesus. As Jesus passed through his town, he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Him. I admire Zacchaeus’ enthusiasm and perseverance. He put forth more effort to meet Jesus than a lot of Christians do today, and it paid off. Jesus invited Himself to Zacchaeus’ house, where they sat down together face to face. How awesome!

The fact Zacchaeus stopped at nothing to see Jesus is quite impressive, but that’s not what I want to focus on today. Allow me to draw your attention away from what Zacchaeus did to why he did it. There was something so unique and attractive about Jesus that even a crooked tax collector was drawn to Him. The allure of Christ was too much for this known embezzler to ignore.

Zacchaeus was so taken by Jesus that he forgot about his reputation and was overcome with a desire to know Him. The love of God on the inside of Jesus is what reeled Zacchaeus in, and it’s the love of God on the inside of you that will attract the lost.

Are people drawn to Christ by the way you live your life? When others are around you, do they sense the love and purity of God? Our lives should be a reflection of Jesus to the lost. May your life create a desperation in others to know Him.

2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing (NKJV).

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