Zacchaeus had a bad reputation; as a tax collector he got rich by bilking people. And the fact that Jesus spent the night at his house shocked the religious community. We're not privy to what Jesus told Zacchaeus that night, but it caused him to respond, "Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated any-body out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount." Jesus answered, "This day is salvation come to this house . ." (v. 9). There's an important lesson here about becoming whole. The basis of true emotional healing rests on your willingness to forgive, and when possible, make amends to those you've hurt. If you owe someone a debt, you must try to pay it. If you've wounded them, you must apologize and try to restore the relationship. Jesus said: This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God. Or say you're out on the street and an old enemy accosts you. Don't lose a minute. Make the first move; make things right with him (see Matthew 5:23-25). So, who do you need to make things right with today? Pray for grace—then go take care of it. When you do God will bless you, and you'll feel better about yourself too!
"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)
Behold! For Christ comes a new! His promised return is the final hope for His church. In spite of the suffering we are bound to experience through these tumultuous last days, we share in a hope promised since long ago-as Christ ascended to heaven, He will certainly return. He will return in glory to lead the church victorious over the forces of darkness. We shall all be changed! No more shall the church suffer in Christ's name! Rather she shall glory in victory in Christ's name!
Week #35 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 7-9
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 15-19
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 102-104
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 20-21
Thursday: (Prophecy) Hosea 8-14
Friday: (Gospels) John 10-12
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Timothy 1-2