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The story is told in Luke 19:1-7

And Jesus entered and passeth through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was of little stature.
And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
And he made haste, came down and received Him joyfully.
And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

Why are the children of God so condemning? Although we preach the Salvation message, our self-righteousness threatens to destruct the very message we are trying to relay. Zacchaeus was a publican (collector of the Roman revenue as defined in the Smith’s Bible Dictionary) and because he collected taxes for the Romans from his own people, he was considered a sinner. It was also mentioned that he was rich. It may be that he was believed to have pocketed some of the revenue. Basically, Zacchaeus was not one of the crowd favorites. Matter of fact, he was no where near making the list.

Regardless of his not so favorable reputation, Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was in town and was determined to see the man who has performed all of these miracles. He wanted to SEE Jesus for himself. However, there was a tiny problem (no pun intended…ok maybe a little), Zacchaeus was too short to see over the crowd. What is he to do? Well, Zacchaeus had made up his mind that he was going to see Jesus. So, he came up with the brilliant idea to climb up the sycamore tree. He was sure to at least get a glimpse of the Savior now.

As he scanned through the masses, he could see the shadow of the master coming down the road. “Yes, YES! I can see him.” Zacchaeus said to himself. Before he could even finish that thought, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.” Zacchaeus must have thought to himself, “WHAT! You want to go to my house? Wait, how’d you know my name? and out of all the people here to see you, why’d you pay attention to me?”

Isn’t it amazing how Jesus not only noticed Zacchaeus atop the sycamore tree, He called him by name. Despite the multitude of folks who came to see Jesus, He noticed a tax collecting sinner sitting in the sycamore tree. He told him to come down because he wanted to go to his house and abide (stay a while). This wasn’t a 2 minute walkthrough visit, he got comfortable at Zacchaeus’ house.

While all this is going on, the crowd did what they do best- MURMUR. “What is up with Jesus going to Zacchaeus’ house? Doesn’t he know he is a sinner?”
Ofcourse Jesus knew of Zacchaeus’ past. However, Christ was more concerned about his future. Christ didn’t care whether the crowd murmured, criticized or downright threw tantrums. All that mattered was Zacchaeus sought him out and He intended to “ABIDE” with him.

Zacchaeus’ story teaches us that if we sincerely seek Jesus and commit to let nothing or no one stand in our way, Jesus will call us by name and will come & ABIDE with us. It doesn’t matter what murmurs go on about you, Christ still wants to ABIDE with you. Christ can pinpoint a sincere heart from amongst the masses. God doesn’t look for quantity, he seeks quality. Zacchaeus desired to see Christ and his sincere desire brought him a unexpected, soul saving and life changing guest.

Zacchaeus has also taught us that in order to see Jesus, we need to rise above the noise of the crowd. We must also learn how to not allow ourselves to be intimidated by the masses. Zacchaeus could have easily said I don’t belong here, but he didn’t. When it comes to your relationship with God, there is no one else around but the two of you.

How serious are you about seeing Jesus? What mountains or trees are you willing to climb to see Jesus? All He wants you to do is take the first step towards Him and He will do the rest. Don’t be concerned about the murmuring! It’s about you and Jesus. Don’t be concerned about the noise! It’s about you and Jesus. Don’t be concerned about the condition of your life! It’s about you and Jesus. Jesus has called you down from the sycamore tree. Won’t you take a step for Jesus?

Memory Text:

As far as the east is from the west so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

Prayer Prompt:

“Dear Jesus,
I know I am not perfect, but I really want to know you. Please come into my home (heart) and ABIDE. Like Zacchaeus, I want to make right what I have done wrong and I pray that I too will receive forgiveness from you for…..”

We participate in Walk With Him Wednesdays.


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