“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” – Luke 19:5 There he goes again, ‘looking’ where others would refuse to look before him. You see pretending we don’t see another is not a Jesus thing. Every remembered story in Jesus’ lived life carries within it the subtle gestures of Kingdom existence. Looking, seeing, gazing are the mannerisms of the Kingdom even if we were taught it wasn’t polite to stare. Who told us that anyway?
You see, Zacchaeus had a stature problem like many of us. He was ignored for some good reasons and for some not so good reasons, you’ll have to read up on him to capture those details. He simply did not measure up no matter his job status, his economic status, or his foot and inches status. The more he tried to elevate himself the more he seemingly disappeared. He was ghost in a ghost town.
One day as the story goes, Jesus hit the “spot” in Zacchaeus’ life, and it says Jesus “looked up.” That alone is startling when almost everyone in this little man’s life looked down at him, that is, if they looked his way at all. The antithesis of kingdom living has too many looking down the slope of their noses at the other. Wouldn’t we inherit the Kingdom just a little more if our “sight lines” were like Jesus’?
Restored sight, sight to the blind, and even blinding those who thought they saw, well that was a large part of Jesus’ life. What’s funny is that very little of that had to do with 20-20 vision as we understand it physiologically. I don’t know about you but I want to continue to have Jesus’ eyes. Remember that great scene in the movie Avatar, “I see you!” Bless people this week by “seeing” them.