The Righteous One in the same place of a righteous one.
Luke 19: 1-2 “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.”
Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem. Luke makes that clear. Jericho was not meant to be a stopping place. But the most unlikely of people made Jesus stop.
This is similar to the Kanye West story of recent weeks. Yesterday I heard a number of people give their opinions on whether or not West has found Jesus or not. One person was just tired and cynical of the story already. Another doubtful because of how horrible he has been as a man, believing this to be a publicity stunt. Another was saying how we should celebrate that a sinner has found Christ. Opinions divide on these kind of things. We want sinners to come to Jesus. But it seems we are sceptical when they do.
Here comes Jesus, passing through and a man was there by the name of the ‘righteous one’ (Zacchaeus comes from the name Zechariah); he was hated by the Jews, a chief tax collector was the worst of lifestyles. He was wealthy because of the way he abused and defrauded people.
Here comes Jesus, the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Righteous One, on his way to lay his life down in Jerusalem, to save sinners, to bring salvation.
Here comes the Righteous One into the city of a righteous one who was nowhere near being righteous.
This story concludes a long detailed account of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and who he meets along the way. Who can become a disciple of Jesus? It seems anyone can.