Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Wee Little Man with a Wee Little Hang-Up

If you grew up in the church as I did, back in the era of flannelgraph stories and chalkboards, then you also learned some really cool children’s songs.  Remember this one?

Zaccheus was a wee, little man
And a wee, little man was he
He climbed up in a sycamore tree
For the Lord he wanted to see
And as the Savior came that way
He looked up in the tree
And He said,
Zaccheus, you come down
For I'm going to your house today
For I'm going to your house today

This Sunday here at Gaylord E-Free, as we continue our “H-3 to the Highest Power” message series, we are going to see the story of that “wee little man” in Scripture named Zaccheus who had more than one “wee little hang-up” in his life.

If we were making a motion picture today of this Bible story I could envision Danny DeVito playing Zaccheus, couldn’t you?  Zaccheus was short and rich.  And he ends up in a tree!  Imagine that – one of the wealthiest men in his day and he is up a tree – literally!  It would be like being in a crowd of people today and seeing Donald Trump in his suit up a tree!  What a story!

But here is what I don’t like about the children’s song we learned as kids!  It ends way too early!  It misses the coolest part of the story!  Yes, it was cool that Jesus stopped and called Zaccheus by name and it is very cool that He says He is coming over to his house.  But the coolest part of the story is what happens after all that.  It’s not in the song but we’ll see it right from the pages of Scripture this Sunday as we learn how to deal with the “hang-ups” in our lives.

Don’t miss this Sunday and invite someone to join you at either 9am or 10:30am here at Gaylord E-Free!

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