Luke 19:5 – We Must Go

Luke 19:5
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

-Scripture tells us that the Lord Jesus didn’t have a home or even a place to sleep at night (Luke 9:58).  Given that, it can be easy to take a verse like Luke 19:5 out of context, did Jesus come to Zacchaeus’ house just because He needed a place to stay?  Consider this verse in context of John 4:4, “and he must needs go through Samaria”.  Jesus didn’t go to Zacchaeus to fulfill His own needs any more than He walked through Samaria for Himself; He went there because He was following a mission.  Jesus was always busy about the Father’s business and everything He spoke and did reflected a need to please the Father.  As He said in John 6:38, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”  If Christ set an example that we are all compelled to follow, then where must we go today to please the Father?


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