In Luke 18, the crowd devalued the blind man because he was poor and blind.
In Luke 19, the crowd devalued Zaccheus because he was rich and a tax collector for the Romans.
Both men—in the crowd’s jaded eyes—weren’t worth much to anyone.
But Jesus sees people so differently!
He was moved by compassion to heal the son of Timaeus of his blindness. He was moved by compassion to redirect the hostility of the crowd away from Zacchaeus and put it on Himself.
Jesus invited Himself to lunch at Zacchaeus’ house, and “when they saw it, they all began to grumble.”
What will my response to be to the sick, the beggars, the rich, and the schemers when they want to come to Jesus? Will I (like Jesus) be moved by compassion to bring them close to Him? Or will l (like “they”) grumble about their unworthiness?