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Spoken: Now this here’s the story of a cowboy name’a Zacchaeus: the rootin’est, tootin’est robber west of the Jordan River.
Zacchaeus, see, was a mean little man
He had no friends. No one could stand a yellow-bellied rascal of his ilk.
He stole from the poor a little at a time
Said, “I’ll take yours – now yours is mine.”
A cowardly thief as sour as curdled milk.
Well, one day Jesus rode into town
And who do you think was wearin’ a frown but old Zacchaeus, too short to see the Lord.
So he scrambled up a gnarled old tree ‘til he’s high enough up to see
And Jesus spotted him and he might’a said these words:
“How do, Zacchaeus? How could you help but see us
From your perch up in them branches of that sycamore tree?
Well, I was headed fishin’, but now I’ve got a mission.
A mission for to save you and to set you free.”
Zacchaeus turned as white as cotton
Thinking, “I may have just forgotten
That if I can see Jesus, he can see me!
Well, the whole town’s here and I’m on the spot.
Guess I’d better answer, like it or not.”
But before he could, Jesus spoke again toward the tree.
And he said:
“How now, Zacchaeus? Can you guarantee us
That we’ll be eating supper at your table tonight?
If you’ve got beans and cornbread, we will all leave well-fed,
But I’ll be serving you, friend, from God’s words of life.”
So Zacchaeus had the Lord out to his ranch
Just as soon as he hopped down from that branch
And something about that day changed his heart.
He said, “I know I cheated and I know I stole,
But Jesus’ friendship saved my soul
So my thieving days are over; it’s brand new start.
And I’ve got one more thing to say:
The money I took, I’ll give it away
And pay back every person that I gypped.
And just to make amends and such,
I’ll pay ‘em back four times as much.”
You could look at Jesus and see his heart was gripped.
And he said:
“Oh my, Zacchaeus – The devil, man, will flee us
When we make a good confession like you done here today.
Now no more guilt and shame for that is why I came –
To find the lost and save them and to show the way.
See how, Zacchaeus, only God can free us from a heart of evil and a life of sin.
Ransomed from tarnation – that’s why I call salvation.
The savior’s arms are open and you’re welcome in.”
Well, the story, friend, is cut and dried
And dipped in flour and chicken-fried.
It’s the tenderest truth delivered unto man.
When Jesus comes and talks to you,
Well, you’re in for an alteration, too.
If Zacchaeus can change, anybody can.
Oh, the savior’s arms are open and you’re welcome in.
Oh, the savior’s arms are open and you’re welcome in!