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March 8, 2021
He Knows My Name
So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.
Jesus Names Your Name
Jesus cared about individuals. Although he taught the crowds, He always took the time to personally meet the needs of the sick and hurting. He never waved his hand over the crowd of sick people and healed them at once. He took the time to meet each person’s needs.
When Jesus came across a corrupt tax collector named Zaccheus, He called him by name and then invited himself to stay at his house. Jesus was more interested in meeting a person’s needs than keeping up social norms. No religious leader of His day would have been caught dead in the house of a tax collector. But Jesus willingly risked His reputation to touch the heart of Zaccheus.
When Jesus met Zaccheus, He could have condemned him for his corrupt business practices. He could have called him out as a thief. However, Jesus looked past all that to a short little man with a hurting heart. He called him by name and went as a guest to his house.
Jesus Loves You
Now here’s the important point. God knows your name. You are not a nameless face to God. God loves the world, but He loves you just as much. He knows your name and wants a relationship with you. His first words to you are not condemnation but invitation.
When Jesus called His disciples, He called them by name. When He appeared to Saul (later the Apostle Paul) on the road to Damascus, He called him by name. “Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
Today, Jesus is calling you by name to a deeper and closer walk with Him.
Let’s review that promise again,
So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house. – Luke 19:4-5
Confess this with me,
- I am important to God.
- He knows my name.
- God loves me and invites me into an intimate relationship with me.
- He calls me by name to follow Him.
In Jesus Name,
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