“He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.””
I had a friend recently that brought these verses to my attention. I had heard this story what feels like a million times but just to feel and see his excitement for the truths he learned through them, it sparked a new excitement for myself also! It’s so cool how Gods Word and the powerful, life-changing truths He speaks to us sets our hearts on fire. So much fire that it’s impossible to contain, just like my friend, it’s too much gold not to tell somebody!!!
This story here is about a little man named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector that lived in Jericho and as the people say, he was a “sinner.” Zacchaeus lived a life of a tax collector which in that time was known to be a cheater, and thief of people’s money which made him a very rich man. Something cool to notice is that even though Zacchaeus was “rich,” some would say that’s enough, all you want in life is to be rich right? Then you have it all! Well, it’s obvious that even though he was rich, the worlds riches were nothing compared to God’s ultimate gold that was visiting Jericho that day. Even though Zacchaeus sounded like he was well off and had it all, it’s obvious that he still was seeking more. It says that he was seeking to see who Jesus was, and because the crowd he couldn’t see so we see just how bad he wanted to see Jesus because he took extreme measures to do so, he climbed up in a tree to see over the crowd. Although Zacchaeus was a “rich” man by worldly standards, he was still in search for fulfillment, because nothing in this world can bring the true fulfillment that we long for as human beings.
Zacchaeus was seeking but then we see this awesome picture of Jesus, He’s on the way to Jerusalem where Jericho is His last stop. This is during Jesus’ earthly ministry and as He gets closer to Jerusalem He is getting closer to fulfilling the purpose which God had sent Him, to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins and to be resurrected from the grave to set sinners free! Jesus only spent three years in His earthly ministry, and it’s obvious from the crowd that He was a very popular person to see. To be as busy as Jesus was and to be on this world changing mission, you would think that every single moment was so important that Jesus spent especially because His moments were few at this point. But despite the popularity and despite the lack of time, Jesus is so intentional as He calls Zacchaeus, a sinner, a cheater, and a thief out amongst the crowd of people. Why would Jesus waste His time on this man who is labeled as such a bad person???
The cool thing about this whole passage is that Zacchaeus was in search of more, he simply wanted to see who Jesus was and despite all the odds, this little man found Jesus. It’s says, “for the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”
How awesome is that?!? That when we chase down Jesus in our lives just to get a glimpse of who He is, to hold onto the power and all that He brings in who He is, we will always have the same result. We will always find Jesus when we seek Him! Jesus will always be right there with open arms, calling us out amongst the crowd, because as we seek Jesus at certain times in our days, Jesus is ALWAYS seeking us!!!! His purpose is to seek and save the lost, so think about that! How much comfort and peace does that being to your life knowing that the Son of God, Jesus Christ is always there and present with you? Despite all of the odds going on in your life, whether you think you don’t deserve Him because of what you’ve done or the sins you’ve committed, or you have situations that seem to impossible for Jesus to find you in just as this little man in a tree out of this big crowd looked like he had no chance for Jesus to find him. Jesus calls your name through the storms, the rough situations of your life, no matter who you are Jesus is there for you!!! Even when it seems literally impossible for Him to be there, there He is!!! We could have all the riches of the world but nothing compares to the fullness of LIFE that Jesus brings!!!! Rest in that truth today, the truth that no matter how much you seek Jesus, your relationship with Him doesn’t depend on your faithfulness, your perfection, or anything to do with who you are, it’s all about Jesus and His faithfulness which as we see He is always faithful and constantly present, seeking you, chasing you down, to save you and be there right by your side!!! He calls you out of the crowd because His love for you is so intentional and so true!!!!