As a believer, you must make it a point to read the Bible for all that it says, not just what it says on the surface. It’s easy to read today’s scripture text and think of Zacchaeus as simply a short sinner, but in its fullness, what the passage is showing is a person who has “fallen short.” If you read it from fullness, you’ll realize like Zacchaeus you have areas where you’ve fallen short. Just like the Word says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
When you look at someone or something from a surface level you look at it with prejudice. The term prejudice means to ‘pre-judge’ something. The obvious association with prejudice is racism. Where someone is pre-judged based upon their outward appearance rather than the deeper attributes and characteristics they possess. II Corinthians 4:18 says, ‘as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.’ Looking at people or things for how they are seen superficially will cause you to prejudge them or have a prejudice towards them. In other words, If all you see is what you see, you do not see all there is to be seen.
Much of America is on edge right now because of the visible, physical issues people are going through. If you’re only at things look through the visible and physical, you are looking with prejudice. But, when we look at the invisible, spiritual, you’ll see a people in pain, not people as a problem. Jesus saw Zacchaeus for ‘who’ he was and not ‘what’ he was. You also, with the help of the Holy Spirit, can start seeing through people’s actions and into their pain. Someone’s healing is lying on the other side of your prejudice. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff