As we read the story of Zaccheus in Luke 19, we Jesus was a person broken people wanted to be around. Being a tax collector, he was one of the most vile people on the planet in that culture. Still, they felt a desire to connect with the most perfect human being on Earth. People, broken ones, enjoyed being around Jesus. People who had it all together didn’t. Still, Jesus pursues us.
Seek and save
Jesus didn’t merely come to offer salvation, he actively sought to save. This goes beyond mere fulfillment of Scripture and freedom from eternal consequences. Jesus fought have a relationship with broken people. It is the only thing too good to be true that is actually true. This massively freeing movement is not without consequence.
Meet the meanies
Those who “had it all together” prefer people in their pre-judged buckets, rather than trying to redeem and change. People are often stuck in their brokenness because there is no where safe to go. And they like that. They accused Jesus of being a friend of sinners. People don’t have to be stuck. They can change and get better. This is a huge point the Gospel makes.
Which are you
The story boils down to a few things. First, which category are you. Second, what are you going to do about it. Third, who is Jesus to you. The Gospel is an amazing thing and clears up many messes. If you have it all together, realize you don’t and need Jesus. If you’re broken and think God can’t use you, realize Jesus loves and pursues you. If you’ve done that, realize there are others Jesus wants to be friends with. Help make that happen.