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September 2017

I have this friend that is a chiropractor.  In one of our conversations, he said, “the body is fully capable of healing itself.  The mind and the spine work together to send out messages to your entire body.  The problem comes when we introduce elements in our body that block these messages.  Your diet, stress, medications, lack of sleep, chemicals, trauma to the body, etc., can inhibit these healing messages from their full potential.”    My friend went on to explain that a lot of our pain is the result of these “road blocks.”  If we remove these road blocks, then the body will be able to heal completely.

Mitch recently told me a story about Michelangelo.  Michelangelo was asked how he produces such amazing statues.  He then tells them that he sees the angel inside and figures out what he must remove to free them.

Healing, and art can happen by removing the unnecessary.  If you watch Jesus closely, you will see him inviting you and others to remove the unnecessary for a closer relationship.  Watch what happens with good old Zack.

“Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by. When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?” Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor—and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.” Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”

I have recently discovered that when scripture tells us that Zacchaeus was “short,” it was commenting on his position in the community, not his height.  As a tax collector, Zack would have been hated.  He was a Jew betraying his fellow Jews by collecting taxes for Rome.  Not only was he collecting taxes, but he was taking more than he should.  The crowd was in his way, not letting him get close because Jesus was their guy, not this tax collector sinner’s.  He was in a tree because of their disdain for him.  His sin had separated him from his own people.  Jesus, in true Jesus form, shatters the expectations of those who had treed Zack.  I will eat with you.  To eat with someone in their house was to be associated with them.  Jesus saw the art that was Zacchaeus.  Jesus freed him to become what he was created to be.

What does sin do?  It keeps you from being all that you could be.  Zacchaeus, having been freed from greed, found himself being excited, fully alive in his generosity.  Sin whispers lies to us.  This is who you are, there is nothing beyond gratifying your own desires.  This is all you have and will become.  Jesus wants to save us from the mediocrity that sin sells us.  You can be more, so much more.

There is always an invitation.  Jesus wants to associate himself with you so you can become the full exuberant, joyful soul that you were created to be.      Luke 19:1-10 

Grace and Peace

Bill Jones