1 He entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.
3 Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.
4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.
5 When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”
6 And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly.
7 When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
8 Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.”
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Jesus had once again left the crowd outraged because of His unorthodox decisions.
He was revolutionizing the culture by hanging out with the marginalized. He transformed the status quo. The bystanders were dismayed. Can’t you just hear the people gasping as they discovered whose house He was going to stay at? Zaccheus was despised.
Why in the world would Jesus want anything to do with that guy?
Who was Zaccheus that Jesus should care for him or pay him any attention?
Jesus wants to come and abide with you the same way He did with Zaccheus. Are you earnestly looking for Him? Zaccheus had money, position, and power. And yet, he was unfulfilled. By the world’s standards, Zaccheus was successful and should have been very happy. But there was a void. He knew he needed something else. He, like all of us, needed only what Jesus could give him.
Zaccheus was drawn to Jesus.
He was determined to catch a glimpse. He allowed nothing to stand in the way of seeing Jesus. He faced opposition, but he overcame it. His life was changed that day. Ours can be, too. When we look for Jesus, not only will we find Him, but also He will come and abide with us and we will be made new—just as Zaccheus was that day.
Those who seek Jesus will find Him.
- Do you desire to see the Lord the way that Zaccheus did? Does your life show evidence of this?
- How deep is your need to spend time with Jesus? What would get in the way of this?
- Ask Jesus to come and dwell with you today.