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Gospel of Luke Chapter 18:35-19:10

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Chapter 18:35-19:10

How It All Goes Down in Jericho

  • Jesus is finally drawing near to Jericho, which is close to Jerusalem, their final destination.
  • Are we there yet?
  • A blind man is sitting at the side of the road where he's begging. Hearing the crowd, he asks what's going on.
  • When he's told that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, he shouts, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (18:38). People are ordering him to pipe down, but he starts to cry out louder.
  • Guess what Jesus does? Yep—he makes the blind man see. The guy gives God a big hurrah, and so does everyone else.
  • As Jesus passes through Jericho, a man named Zacchaeus is there. This guy is loaded.
  • He's trying to see Jesus, but he's a short guy, and the crowd's too large. Zacchaeus sprints ahead and climbs a sycamore tree so he can see Jesus when he passes.
  • As Jesus walks by the tree, he looks up and sees Zacchaeus: "Zacchaeus! You come down from there! For I'm going to your house today!"
  • Zacchaeus is thrilled to oblige.
  • Everyone moans because Jesus chooses to stay with a sinner. What gives?
  • Zacchaeus stops dead in his tracks and makes an unexpected announcement to Jesus: he's giving half of his possessions to the poor, and he's using the other half to repay anyone he's defrauded fourfold.
  • Wow.
  • Jesus declares that deliverance belongs to Zacchaeus and his house. Finally, here's a rich guy who's doing it right (as opposed to say 12:16-21; 16:14-15, 19-31; and 18:18-27).
  • Jesus gives a nice big "I told you so" to the grumblers from 19:7. He's come to deliver the lost.

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