And “Even” Love (Love Nation Day 15)

“He [Jesus] entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried and came down and received Him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, ‘He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.’” – Luke 19:1-7

Jesus is able! It doesn’t matter what we’re capable of when Jesus is capable of anything. So often we put the ownership of salvation on people. We look to the outside and see a history of violence, of cheating, of theft. And we assume automatically that the history overrides the future. That the future is determined by the past. That possibilities are limited by our abilities. But it’s not true. Jesus said it Himself, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” – Luke 19:10 He said that in response to the people who didn’t like that He would pay more attention to Zacchaeus a “sinner.” But we’re all Zacchaeus’, we all need to be sought after and saved. And that’s what Jesus came to do. So if today you feel like you don’t need saving, like you’ve got this. He came to save “even” you. And today if you don’t know how you could ever learn to trust this Christ everyone keeps talking about. He died to save “even” you. Today, if you want Him in your life but it seems like you can’t keep from messing everything up, He came, “even” for you. It’s no longer about us; our past, our abilities, our desires. It’s about Jesus. Because He loves “even” you more than you will ever know. You’re worth everything to Him.

Even You,
Jake

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