HOST: Ron House
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.”
Zacchaeus is a fairly well-known character in the New Testament, mainly due to the children’s song about him. He has an extraordinary story because of the great change that took place in his heart and life as a result of his encounter with Jesus. In the course of these few short verses, Zacchaeus goes from being an unscrupulous tax collector to a benevolent disciple of Christ. He is a true example of repentance. But one of the most remarkable things about this man’s story, in my mind, is the extraordinary effort he put forth in order to see Jesus. His short stature prevented him from seeing Jesus through the crowds, so he ran ahead, found a tree to climb, and positioned himself to be able to see Jesus as He passed by. He was not looking for a miracle or special attention. The text only indicates that he sought to see who Jesus was, but his interest level was great enough to motivate a tremendous effort. It was an effort that Jesus noticed and, calling him by name, showed interest in this man that had shown so much interest in Him. Oh, that we and the world around us could be so interested in Jesus Christ.
Why do you think Zacchaeus was so interested in Jesus?
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