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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blog (10/20/11)

TITLE: He Knew My Name
By Jennifer Hill


The highlight in todayís Jericho Tax Man Blog update is the major score I took in. Today I was collecting taxes on Fig Street. Those shop owners and Inn keepers handed over twice as much with no questions. I am set for my weekend trip to the Jordan River. It is going to be an epic weekend. Tomorrow Iím going to collect on Sycamore Street and see what I can get out of them. I can always use a little extra spending denari for the road trip.

Today was a bit different. Sycamore Street was all in a fluster. Some new guy is coming tomorrow. The people couldnít stop talking about him. He has healed the sick, fed the hungry and tells amazing parables. Some said he has walked on water. Others said he once calmed a storm. Some even said he is the Son of God. These things, I have heard of, I must see for myself.

Son of God, can you believe that? Who can say such a thing about someone? As if? But, what if? Who am I? Can you imagine, think of the things Iíve doneÖ If this guy, what did they call him again? Joshua, no Joseph, no Jesus. Yes, Jesus. This Jesus, if he is the Son of God, What is he going to want with a guy like me?

Sorry dudes, I just got way too serious for you other tax collectors out there. No worries, Iíll check this Jesus guy out and then get back on the collecting track. I still gotta hit up Almond Road before the end of the week.

Youíre not going to believe this. I got to Sycamore Street and it was crazy. People were everywhere. I couldnít see a thing. I havenít said anything before but Iím vertically challenged. The crowd was all charged up over Jesus as he drew near. So I climbed up one of the street trees, so I could get a better look.

I had just gotten into place when a guy looked up to me and said, ďZaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.Ē It was Jesus!

I hurried down and hugged him with joy. I couldnít believe he wanted to hang with me, a wretched sinner. He had sought me out. He knew my name. There was some grumbling from the crowd, something about why he would want to be my guest. But Jesus, he didnít care what others said. He wanted to be with me. He wanted to know me.

This is my last Blog as the Jericho Tax Man. I promised Jesus that I would give half of my possessions away to the poor. To anyone that I have defrauded I will give back four times as much.

When I told Jesus this he then told me, ďToday salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.Ē

That weekend trip to the River Jordan has changed to more of a trip to share with others. I canít keep this to myself. Jesus is the real deal. He is the Son of God and he sought me out when I was lost and saved me.

Heaven Bound Blog, formally known as the Jericho Tax Man:

Zaccheus here and I wanted to let you all know I have stayed on the right path. Iíve given to the poor as I promised and returned the riches I took dishonestly back to their rightful owner.

On the lighter side of things, the neighborhood kids have come up with a rather silly jingle of some sort. Something about the tree I was in and how tall I am. Iím sure itíll die down in a few days. I guess the best part about the song is that it tells everyone about how I met Jesus.

So Iíll close my blog with this, whatís your song about how you met Jesus?

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/11
This is a great retelling of the story of Nicodemus. I think you really told it in a way that people can relate to.

With that said, even though it was in a blog format and you mentioned the word blog, my mind kept saying "There weren't computers back then."

I did really like the ending. I thought it was thought-provoking and didn't come off as preachy. I smiled about the reference to the song.
Randy Foncree11/04/11
Enjoyable read...this kept my interest...God bless you and keep writing...
Randy Foncree11/04/11
Enjoyable read...this kept my interest...God bless you and keep writing...
Catherine Maher11/05/11
I loved this! Great beginning, middle and ending. My favorite part is that Zaccheas changed when he finally got to meet Jesus. And how he really didn't know Jesus name at first, but Jesus knew his name. Clever point.
So creative. Moved me right along wanting to see what happened when he ralized Jesus was all they said.
I could picture this little man walking the streets collecting taxes. How awesome it is that Jesus meet us right where we are!!
Kristine Baker11/05/11
This was a fun modern-day take on a great Bible story. I liked the ending where the blog title changed when he changed.
C D Swanson 11/08/11
Ingenious way to bring forth the subject matter - while providing insight and closing with a powerful message. Nice job.
God Bless~
Hope Beasley11/13/11
Very creative and excellent use of the blog topic. I loved this. God bless you in your writing.
Wilma Schlegel11/15/11
Cute, creative. Your title drew me in. Your content held my interest. Your reference to the song was great!
C D Swanson 11/17/11
Good job! Congratulations on your win! God Bless~
Hiram Claudio11/18/11
Congratulations on the 2nd place ribbon. Great job!
Nancy Bucca11/18/11
Congratulations on your EC and on winning 2nd place in your level!
Rachel Phelps11/18/11
What a creative take on this topic! I would have liked blog headings to keep track of each entry, but your voice was strong. Keep writing, and congratulations on your EC!
Beth LaBuff 11/20/11
I enjoyed your creativity with this Bible story, the tree street names, and the song aspect! Great work! Congrats on your Editor's Choice and level award!