Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.
4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 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.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 19:3, 9-10 “He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not because of the crowd.” “Today . . . salvation has come to his house. . . For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
There is not a person who probably has no insecurity about himself/herself. Zacchaeus was a short man and was unpopular because he was a tax collector. But it did not stop him from seeking Jesus amongst the crowd. Perceptions and the way people regard us can affect our personality and character. And yet no one knows us the way Jesus know us – even our character and what lies in the deepest unknown and unchartered recesses of our hearts. Jesus knows how much we acknowledge our need of Him. He also knows our desire to be intimate with Him. Jesus knows our admission of our weaknesses, of our shortcomings, and of our sins. When we put our faith in Him, God doesn’t judge us for our sins but sees the righteousness of His Son—Jesus.
Jesus sees us not only as to who we really are, but He also sees us as to who we could become.
To have a fruitful evangelistic lifestyle, we receive the best that Jesus has for us.
We are limited and are ineffective relying on ourselves, but when we seek God’s ways, we can be fruitful and productive in evangelizing those who need Christ.
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