And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. – Luke 19:9-10
Meditation: There is an old Baptist hymn called “Blessed Be the Tie that Binds” by John Fawcett that speaks of the ties of faith and love that hold together the family of God. As the fountainhead of Faith, Love and Truth, the Lord keeps us together and empowers His children to continue in brotherly love and support. We owe it all to Him.
When Jesus once approached Jerusalem from the east through Jericho, he was met by Zacchaeus a man eager to see the Savior and hear the Gospel. Zacchaeus was a hated publican, a tax collector and agent of the Roman government. Though he claimed to be honest in his duties and generous to others, he was nonetheless despised because of his position (Luke 19:1-10).
Jesus called this little man out of a tree and flatly stated that He was going to dine with this man despite his reputation. Jesus said that Salvation had come to Zacchaeus “forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham.” Was this a reference to Zacchaeus’ genetic heritage or something more?
Refuting the pride of the Pharisees in their earthly heritage, John the Baptist said, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham” (Matthew 3:8-9).
To the Gentiles, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham” (Galatians 3:7-9)
Call To Action: God’s gift of faith is designed to bring us together. Let us therefore go on to perfection and seek those things that edify the body of Christ. Read Hebrews 6 and contemplate how you can contribute to the furtherance of the Gospel, remembering that Christ’s love recognizes no race, ethnicity, or differentiation of class gender or status. Let us too strive for that high mark of love for those the world tells us are unlovable.