Thinking this morning of Santa watching and keeping track if I am naughty or nice. And then thought about Jesus watching. – Jesus continues to invite me to draw closer to Him and to repent from my naughty ways so that I become nicer. And when I repent the naughty is wiped away from any list He keeps. Unlike Santa threatening to give me a lump of coal if I am naughty, Jesus lets me know I am loved. Made me think of the tax collector who after sitting with Jesus made amends for his sins by giving to the poor and repaying the money he stole.
Christmas is for giving gifts (Even the gift of Jesus, to but the naughty and nice) and it is a time of forgiving – making peace and not holding grudges and repaying those I have wronged.
As always I am thinking and need to reflect more.. May everyone have Peace and joy this Christmas.
Luke 19: 1-10
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector.
He came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD. I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer will they have need to teach their friends and kinsmen how to know the LORD. All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD, for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more. – Jeremiah 31:34