A sharp contrast between two visitations exists in Luke chapter 19. In the first 9 verses, a man is visited by Jesus and in the latter half of the chapter the people of Israel are visited by God. The first narrative focuses on the unexpected visit of Jesus when he enters the house of a man of questionable reputation (Lk. 19:1-9). Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector who had made himself very rich stealing from his compatriots. One day when he saw Jesus passing by, he climbed a tree to get a closer look. To his surprise, Jesus singled him out and told him to come down from the tree because he wanted to go to his house to eat. In response to Jesus’ visitation, , Zacchaeus decided to give half of his wealth to the poor and repay a fourfold amount to those whom he had robbed.

20120403-220342.jpgThis attitude of genuine repentance is then contrasted with the accusation Jesus makes against the people of Israel who earlier had shouted:

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38).

After his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Jesus stopped to weep over the city (v. 41) because they had not recognized the day of God’s visitation (vv 42-44). What a contrast! On the one hand, you have a sinful man who recognizes Jesus’ visit as a pivotal moment in his life and opts to change his life. Sadly, on the other hand, the majority of the inhabitants of Jerusalem are accused of constantly killing the prophets sent by God and for not recognizing the time in which God had come to save them (v. 44).
Today there are still people who have not understood the visitation of God through Jesus Christ as the most precious gift humanity has received. For this reason, as we remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus this Holy Week we should invite him to enter triumphantly into our hearts and crown him King of our lives.