From Ratchet to Redeemed

I’ll be the first to admit that I am unaware of all the parables in the Bible, and today I learned a new one.

When I went to church this morning, Pastor spoke on the subject of being able to start again, as I am sure many ministers did on the first Sunday of the New Year. However, to make his point, Pastor used the Gospel of Luke 19:1-10, and he told the church about a chief tax collector by the name of Zaccheus of Jerico. Now Zaccheus had wronged his people by exploiting them and turning a profit off of them.  In no uncertain terms, Zaccheus was a crook. Pastor even called him “ratchet”. Anyway, when Jesus entered Jerico, He saw Zaccheus in a sycamore tree, and even though He knew of Zaccheus’s ratchedness, He told Zaccheus that He must stay in his home, and even in all of his ratchedness, Zaccheus welcomed Him.

Now the people, upon seeing Jesus’s treatment of this ratchet individual, were not pleased with the attention Jesus was giving to a sinner, and like many today, they began to talk.

But Zaccheus, now with a convicted heart, said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount,” and in response  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

With certainty, I know that in my life (maybe even today), I have done some things that one would consider ratchet or maybe even unforgivable. But I am also sure that I have a redeemer in Jesus, and that I can take solace in knowing that if someone like Zaccheus can start again, so can I. For He said, “the Son of Man [comes] to seek and save the lost.” With a convicted heart, this lost soul repents and realizes that I can start again, and while people might call me Ratchet, I call myself Redeemed!