All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”—Luke 19:7
These words capture a sad moment for religious people. This muttering was intended as a pronouncement against Zacchaeus, a man who collected taxes from the citizens of Jericho. While most knew Zacchaeus for what he did, Jesus regarded Zacchaeus for who he could be. He saw an underdog looking for hope. Breaking cultural and religious customs, Jesus didn't ignore him or mutter about him—in contrast, he asked for an invitation into his home. In doing this, he consciously deflected the shame that Zaccheaus endured. Jesus took Zacchaeus' shame upon himself and allowed the crowds to mutter about him. Notice again, “[Jesus] has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” What a God we have. He believes in you—the underdog. And he loves you.
KNOW THIS: God loves you—an underdog. Accept his love, mercy, and compassion.
PRAY THIS: God, yes, I feel the weight of my shame today. Will you please deflect my shame with your love, compassion, and mercy. Heal my broken heart and lonely heart. Be my friend, and be my Lord.