Sometimes it is hard to read the bible and comprehend, so let me share a little story with everybody, paraphrased. It blew my mind the other day, when I was reading Luke by the pool.
A crowd gathered around Jesus as he walked up to Zacchaeus’ house. Zacchaeus was a rich tax collector. He stood in front of the house and said “Zacchaeus, come down right now, I need to stay at your house today.” The people started booing Jesus for associating with a rich tax collector (the dirtiest kind of swindler), but Zacchaeus came down and said “Look, Lord. Right now I give away half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anything out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
The people were shocked at the act of insane generosity.
Jesus said “Today salvation has come for this house because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the son of man came to seek and save what was lost.”
Then Jesus segued right into a badass parable (Luke 19: 11-26) where the lesson was “To everyone who has, more will be give, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he thinks he has will be taken away”. (Law of attraction).
The people cheered. A disciple grabbed a horse from nearby saying “The Lord needs this.”
Jesus got onto the horse, and the people in the streets laid down their cloaks as a red carpet for Jesus and the horse trotted on them. The mob cheered and yelled.
Some Pharisees said said “Jesus, tell your followers to be quiet” and Jesus said “Man, if they keep quiet the stones will cry out.”
Jesus wept at the beauty of the moment and the city of Jerusalem. He said “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize God’s coming to you.”
He then marched straight into the temple, and he overturned the tables of the collectors and salesman within. As he drove them out, he yelled “It is written “My house will be a house of prayer” but you have turned it into a den of robbers”.
That’s the story.
Within a few hours, he had walked into a city and completely changed the status quo, going from joy to tears to anger. Whatever this guy was— he was life. Imagine feeling such strong emotions and taking such decisive action.