(1-10) Jesus and Zacchaeus
Zacchaeus was not the most honest, upstanding person in the world. He was guilty of defrauding others, he unnecessarily taxed people, and he was stingy; yet, he was seeking to see who Jesus was. And he was not seeking in a lax way. Zacchaeus was earnest about seeing who Jesus was – so earnest, in fact, that he climbed a tree. God says that if we seek Him, we will find Him, when we search for Him will all our heart. And when we find Him, we find salvation – just as Zacchaeus did.
After he met Jesus, Zacchaeus was not the same man that he was prior to meeting Jesus. His resolved to give half of his wealth to the poor, and promised to restore four times as much to those he had defrauded. Truly meeting Christ will change us. We will not be the same after an encounter with the Savior.
Favorite verse: (10) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”