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Get out of your tree

posted 12 Jul 2011, 06:33 by Mark Broomhead   [ updated 13 Jul 2011, 08:58 ]
For some that is a word that is really hard to say.
Sadly for many of us it is a word that has become cheap. it is a word we mutter when we have been caught out, when we know we are in the wrong. a magic word that wipes the slate clean at no cost. So is the sum total of the experience of meeting Jesus - the revolution - that we leave with a magic word that we can pull out like a get out of jail free card when we need it. Cheap love for an extravagant saviour? 
If we meet jesus are we unchanged

Luke 19

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
 1 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. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

For zacchaeus sorry was costly. not because this is how he earned forgiveness, not to save face, but because he had met with jesus and his life was turned upside down. It was natural behaviour to bring riches to where he had caused harm, four fold! he was freed from the chains that had bound him.
Maybe if we all got out of our tree jesus would be easier for everyone to see.