Salvation has come to this house

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poem based on Luke 19

 

Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore fig

the branches were heavy

took the weight

a chief tax collector

rich from his work for the Romans

 

Walking further out to see

Jesus who was passing through

the ancient town of Jericho

“Zacchaeus Zacchaeus

come down from that tree!”

 

Zacchaeus came down

amongst the pressing crowd

Jesus had called him down

what a sight to see

this rich man in the sycamore tree

 

“I must stay the night with Zacchaeus”

as the rich man welcomed Jesus joyfully

while the crowd murmured and complained

how can Jesus spend His time

in the house of such a sinner!

 

Zacchaeus came down from that tree

meeting Jesus surrounded by enemies

he stood in his rich garments and said Lord

half of my riches I will give to the poor

and four times any amount of my extortion

 

 

Salvation has come to this house

 

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Salvation has come to this house