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.”
Luke 19: 7 – 10
Then the pastor’s message took an unexpected turn. The pastor indicated that Jesus was a political activist who got a little carried away, ruffled too many feathers and was crucified for his beliefs.
I couldn’t help but wonder if this pastor had read scripture with a prayerful heart. Without a doubt, Jesus stirred things up wherever He went. To say He was crucified just for His political views is to limit the vision He shared.
How hardened have our hearts become? Have we become so jaded by the repeated disappointments in public figures that we can’t imagine someone who was single-minded in His purpose: to seek and save the lost?
Perhaps it’s not popular or scientific to believe the Son of the Living God chose to come into a defiled world, spend time connecting the Creator of the universe to His creations, to willingly give up His life even for those who spat upon Him, and rose again. It’s not sophisticated or politically correct, it’s faith.