because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.”
Luke 19:3, NAS
Short Zacchaeus was trying to find a break in the crowd so he could get a look at Jesus. As chief tax collector of Jericho, he had to be one of the most despised people of that city. He had everything money could buy…except a choice spot in the crowd to see Jesus.
I think they blocked his view on purpose. To spite him they probably refused to make way for him. Their behavior blocked Zacchaeus from getting to Jesus.
Do you ever do that? Do you ever unintentionally block someone you know or love from seeing Jesus? Hopefully the people around you know that you are a Christian, so they watch how you respond to pressure or adversity. The people in your home know you claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ, so they analyze your behavior with that in mind. My children see how “religious” I am at church, but what about the way I talk or the things I watch at home?
The world that cannot see Jesus has no option but to look to Christians to see a glimpse of our Lord. Do we obstruct their view of what Jesus can do in someone’s life?
Our lives need to be so different and transparent…the same all week as we are in church on Sunday…that we draw all men to Him. But others will not want to know him if our behavior, attitude or language blocks the way. After all, I am not really my own, am I? I have been bought with a price. My job is to see to it that I do not block anyone’s view to Jesus.
QUESTION: Is there anyone you need to apologize to for something un-Christ-like that you have done or said? How can you rectify this?