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The Secret of Transformation

The Secret of Transformation

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Published by glennpease
BY FREDERICK LYNCH

" And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, be-
hold, there was a man named Zaccheus, which was the chief
among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see
Jesus, who he was ; and could not for the press, because he
was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into
a sycamore tree to see him : for he was to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw
him, and said unto him, Zaccheus, make haste, and come
down ; for to-day I must abide at thy house. And he made
haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when
they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to
be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zaccheus stood,
and said unto the Lord ; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods
I give to the poor ; and if I have taken anything from any
man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus
said unto him. This day is salvation come to this house, forso-
much as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is
come to seek and to save that which was lost." — Luke xix :
I-IO.
BY FREDERICK LYNCH

" And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, be-
hold, there was a man named Zaccheus, which was the chief
among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see
Jesus, who he was ; and could not for the press, because he
was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into
a sycamore tree to see him : for he was to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw
him, and said unto him, Zaccheus, make haste, and come
down ; for to-day I must abide at thy house. And he made
haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when
they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to
be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zaccheus stood,
and said unto the Lord ; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods
I give to the poor ; and if I have taken anything from any
man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus
said unto him. This day is salvation come to this house, forso-
much as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is
come to seek and to save that which was lost." — Luke xix :
I-IO.

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THE SECRET OF TRANSFORMATION BY FREDERICK LYNCH " And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, be-hold, there was a man named Zaccheus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus, who he was ; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him : for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zaccheus, make haste, and come down ; for to-day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zaccheus stood, and said unto the Lord ; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor ; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him. This day is salvation come to this house, forso-much as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." — Luke xix : I-IO.
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ONE thing about this man Zaccheus is not mentioned in the story, but is implied in it: he was possessed of a great unrest and re-morse. We must remember this if we would see the deep import of the story. He had been a bad man, and he knew it. He kept up his evil practices ; but his conscience lashed him night and day. He was full of a great remorse for his sins ; but he was not able to escape them. If somebody in Jericho, some good, noble man had gone and offered him his sympathy, he might have escaped them long before this, but the good people all avoided him. He had to wait until Jesus came. Now while in this terrible condition, hating his sins and yet not able to break away from them, — and how well we all know that purga-tory, — he hears of the wonderful things this new prophet, Jesus, is doing, — freeing men from
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bonds, forgiving sins, healing diseases, — and he becomes intensely interested. Very likely he 67 68 The Enlargement of Life has met men who have witnessed these things, and it awakens in Zaccheus a faint ray of hope that this man may help him. So one day when he hears that Jesus is approaching Jericho he determines at least to see this wonderful man. Now it is altogether likely that Jesus has also heard all about Zaccheus, for Zaccheus was the chief man in Jericho. He was the richest man. He collected the taxes for the Roman govern-ment, with the privilege of keeping all he could extort, over a certain sum. He was notorious in all those regions for grinding down the poor. We may be sure that Jesus heard the whole history of Zaccheus from the villagers as He
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