November 10, 2013
"Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he."
If you attended Sunday School as a child, you're probably familiar with that little ditty about the character in Luke 19:1-10 (you can read it here). Poor Zacchaeus - despised, sneered at, and made fun of by his neighbors in Jericho - and by every generation of Christians since Luke first recorded the story.
What do we really know about Zacchaeus? Does he deserve his reputation as an infamous racketeer who got fabulously rich by extorting his fellow Jews? Or might he have been a victim of people's mistaken presumptions about him? Was he greedy or generous? A bully or bullied? Berated by Jesus or befriended by him? If Zacchaeus wasn't the sinner that the townsfolk supposed him to be, then what did Jesus mean when he said, "Today salvation has come to this house"?
Join us on Sunday as we take an unconventional look at this familiar story.