Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see Who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Him, since Jesus was coming that way.
When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house…For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’” Luke 19:1-9
Dear Seeker of Sinners,
Can it be You passed through a village for the sake of one lost soul? Yes, a million times over! You are the One Who would come for the sake of only one.
Though he was wealthy and dignified; he fell short and knew it. You were the One Treasure he did not possess. So he humbled himself; he ran like a child, he climbed like a child, and peeked to gain a look through fig leaves, leaves so reminiscent of our fall.
Then everything changed! Your eyes met his and he could truly see past the things that had obstructed his view. He saw You; the One Who would exchange places with him and die on a tree for us all.
Let us live out on the limb of security in You. In the abandonment of child-like faith, we will run to You, climb into Your waiting lap, and be filled with the sweetness of the Love that finds lost sheep.
Salvation has come to this house. And I thank You for having me.
In Jesus Name Forever