Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a Sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see. And as the Savior passed his way He looked up in the tree. And He said “Zacchaeus come on down, for I’m going to your house today.” I sang that song so many times growing up in Sunday School. So thankful I had the opportunity to learn about Jesus when I was a little girl and I have so many great memories of the sweet little country church I grew up in.
The story of Zacchaeus is about Jesus reaching out to the neglected and despised of the world. Luke 19:1-10 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 being a short man he could not, because of 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, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Jesus Christ came to save sinners in the days of Zacchaeus and still today. Those who seek Jesus are sought, seen, and saved by him. No one is beyond his help. His love is a constant call to repent and come to him. Accepting his invitation leads to forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
God has given us His word so that we can study it, know it and obey it. Faith comes by hearing the word of God Romans 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”
Zacchaeus taught me today, again and again, climb the tree and seek the master’s attention and accept his smiling face inviting you to your own home, confess before your peers and restore the wrongs done to others. Lord help me listen and be submissive to your Spirit’s leadings for today.
Long before Zacchaeus couldn’t see Jesus, the tree was already planted to meet his need.
When you’re lost or broken or don’t know what to do, God has already figured out how to save you before you were born. That is the God we serve. Before Zacchaeus needed to see Jesus, God had already planted the tree. He provides us the help before the need.