November 3, 2019
One of our stops when Julie and I visited Israel earlier this year was the city of Jericho. It is advertised as the oldest city in the world, the sign claims 10,000 years old. In the city is a tourist site, it is the sycamore tree pictured on the cover of your bulletin. It is not the same tree that Zacchaeus climbed, but it is a regular tourist stop because it is a way for remembering the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus. And to remind us of why Jesus came, as he told Zacchaeus, “For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost." That included Zacchaeus and it includes us.
And once a year we set aside a Sunday for remembering too. We pause to remember our loved ones and to remember the claim that Jesus has on the lives of them and us. For just as Jesus called Zacchaeus that day in Jericho, we trust that Jesus has sought out, claimed and called our loved ones to spend eternity with him in heaven.