“And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.” Luke 19 vs 2.
Who was Zacchaeus? And why did Jesus go to his house? The story of Zacchaeus is short. He was only mentioned briefly in Luke chapter 19 but the lesson learnt from his story lives on. The scripture says, he was the chief among the publicans (Jews who collected taxes for the Romans), he was wealthy, and he was small in statue (height).
Though Zacchaeus was rich and held a great position he wanted more, and this time he was not after material riches. Because he was a short man, he knew that he would have gotten lost in the crowd, so he ran ahead and climbed into the sycamore tree (Luke 19 vs 3-4), hoping to at least see Jesus and to listen to his teachings. But Jesus had a better plan. His plan was to meet Zacchaeus where he was and to fill the void that was in his heart. That day even though the people criticized Jesus for being the guest of a sinner, that sinner received salvation. Jesus did not allow the religious people to stop him from doing his Fathers will, his response to them was, “for the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19 vs 10. And that was his reason for going to Zacchaeus’s house.
Jesus took time out to sit with Zacchaeus, to let him know that God loves him and taught him how to become a better man. The change was instant, immediately his heart turned from stone to flesh, so much, that he was willing to give back to the poor, not just randomly but half of what he owned. And he did not stop there, he was willing to restore to anyone whom he took anything from under false pretense. When Zacchaeus stated his intentions, it not only silenced the criticizers and proved that one moment with Jesus will make a lifetime of difference, but it also revealed that Jesus was the Messiah who came with his heart filled with compassion and through him we are restored.
Jesus is not unreachable, and there is certainly no need to climb a tree just to see him. He is right there, knocking at your heart’s door, waiting for you to let him in. Follow Zacchaeus’s example and make haste to receive him joyfully (Luke 19 vs 6). All you need is one encounter and your life will never be the same. These messages of salvation are not for one occasion but for all the time until the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This day salvation has come to your house! Receive it in Jesus name.
Let us pray: Lord I repent of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please give me the strength to open the door of my heart and receive you today, in Jesus name. Until next time. God bless you.
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