It is a glorious but cold day here in Norway today. My name is Edward John. I’m Regional Director for GOD TV here in the Nordics, and I have some good news for you! God sees you, so don’t worry about anything. He knows who you are and He has a great plan for you!
Today, we have a word about Zacchaeus, from Luke19:2-5, and I want to read this incredible story about this tax collector who was a very short man, but had a deep desire to meet and see the Lord Jesus Christ. It says about him that, “There was a man there by the name of Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and he was wealthy. He wanted to see Jesus, but he was short so he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Him since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.'”
Now listen, friend, I believe that the Lord knows that you desire to see Him. As a matter of fact, I know that He does, because the word says, “Before you were formed in your mother’s womb, I knew you.” And it says that His eyes are seeking to and fro throughout the whole earth to find those who seek Him with their whole heart.” It says, “I Am the Alpha, the Omega, the beginning and the end,” and the Lord just sees and knows everything.
So here’s this man, Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, by the way, a wealthy man, but he had something that not everybody has. He had a desire to see Jesus. Whether it looked stupid or not, he didn’t care about it, he just wanted to see the Master. So he thought, well, I’m short. I can’t see over the crowd, but what I’ll do is I’ll climb a tree. Can you imagine if today you say, “I don’t care what it looks like. I don’t care what people think, what matters is that I can see the Master.” Well, here’s the nice thing about it. Before Zacchaeus climbed this tree, the Lord already knew. So what does He say? He says, “Come down immediately, Zacchaeus, come on down. I want to be a guest at your house today.”
And you know what, my friend? Simply because you desire to see Jesus, He says the same thing to you: “Come here. I want to stay at your house today. I want to be a guest in your heart. I want to be a guest at your place,” because He sees your desire. So don’t be afraid that you’re not seen. Don’t doubt that God sees you. He knows you. And even before you had your desire, He knew you would have it right now at this time and this moment.
So let me just say this as an ending from Norway today, that no matter what you’re going through, no matter where you are in life, what matters is not so much if you’re good, or if it looks stupid, or if it looks ridiculous what you’re doing. What matters is that you just desire to see Jesus, because He’s looking for you and He sees you, but He’s waiting for you to come and grab ahold of Him. Just like the woman with the issue of blood. She had been struggling with sickness for many, many years. No one could help her, but she thought, I’ll just press through the crowd and I’ll touch the hem of His garment. And in that very moment, she was healed. The very moment Zacchaeus decided, I’ll climb the tree, I wanna see Jesus. At that very moment, the Lord looked up and said, “Come on down, Zacchaeus, I want to stay with you today.”
Friend, don’t be afraid. Just know this in your heart. The very moment you decide to seek Him and see Him, He’s already seen you and He’s there for you. He says, “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you. I’m always with you.” Friend, Merry Christmas to you from Norway. I’ll see you again soon.
Friend, there’s a heart, there’s a life, there’s a person, there’s a real person that needs to hear the good news of Jesus Christ at this very moment. Today, I appeal to you to join with us and become a media missionary. Sow financially into GOD TV, and let’s take this good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Through your giving, through your prayer, through your support, this world is going to be changed, and the good news of Jesus Christ is going be heard around the world. God bless you.
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