Don’t Miss It
“If Zacchaeus had missed it that day, he would have missed it forever!” I can still hear my dad delivering this challenge as he moved toward the climax of one of his favorite evangelistic messages. He dramatized the story from Luke 19:1-10 about the tax collector who climbed up a tree and got out on a limb, but it was all for the right purpose. He wanted to see Jesus. My dad drove home the point that if Zacchaeus had missed Jesus that day, he would have missed the opportunity to see Jesus during his earthly ministry. Jesus left Jericho to go up to Jerusalem where He died on the cross, rose again, and then ascended to Heaven.
Luke tells us clearly that Zacchaeus made the right decision about Jesus. In the Book of Acts, Luke tells us about King Agrippa listening to the great Apostle Paul clearly laid out the reasons why someone should trust in Jesus. Did Agrippa respond like Zacchaeus?
“While Paul was saying these things in his defense, Festus shouted out, ‘You’re out of your mind, Paul! Too much learning has driven you mad!’ But Paul countered, ‘I’m not out of my mind, most excellent Festus! On the contrary, what I’m saying is true and reasonable! And the King knows about these things that I’ve been speaking boldly about. In fact I’m convinced that none of this has escaped his notice. After all none of this was done in a corner. You do believe, King Agrippa, in the Prophets? I know you believe.’
Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘Do you think in such a short time you can convince me to become a Christian?’ Paul replied, ‘Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all listening to me today might become what I am except for these fetters.’
The King and the Governor and Bernice rose and those sitting with them. When they had left the room, they said, ‘This man hasn’t done anything worthy of death or of imprisonment.’ Agrippa said to Festus, ‘The man could have been released if he hadn’t appealed to Caesar.’” Acts 26:24-32
Though he knew the Jewish prophets, though he knew all about the events of Jesus’ life including His death and resurrection, Agrippa stood up and ended Paul’s presentation of the Good News by ridiculing the idea that Paul could convince him by this short speech to become a Christian. I’m afraid that Agrippa and Bernice, and Festus missed it that day.
LORD, I pray that none of my friends will miss it—the opportunity to depend on Jesus alone who is the light and life, the only One who can give us freely the gift of intimacy with you that will last forever.
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