Outcast

Being an outcast is something no one ever wants to be. But, in truth, mankind has been an outcast since the garden of Eden. Today, we may not consider outcasts to be outcasts - criminals, for example, are not often thought of as outcasts. Loners are not often thought of as outcasts and yet they may be social outcasts - shunned by the "cool kids", etc.

Have you ever thought of how Jesus looked at outcasts? There are many examples in the bible that show us how He treated them: the Samarian woman at the well; the man blind since birth; the cripple by the pool of Siloam; the woman caught in adultery. And then there is Zacchaeus, the tax collector - a man whose name means innocent - who is an outcast because of his job. Let's see what we can learn from how Jesus treats him.