Jesus and Zacchaeus:
Zacchaeus eagerly wanted to see this man Jesus and he found a way to see Him. Zacchaeus found a way around his problems to see the Lord. When Jesus stopped to invite Himself over to Zacchaeus’ house, Zacchaeus didn’t hesitate, but received Jesus with joy! I am humbled by Zacchaeus’ eager excitement to see and host the Lord. He was determined to see Jesus, but Jesus was determined to spend time with Zacchaeus—and to know him.
Zacchaeus’ encounter with Jesus changed his life radically. AS a tax collector, Zacchaeus was considered one of the “worst sinners”. He defrauded his own people taking more money than necessary for their taxes and making himself rich in the process. Yet, after encountering Jesus, Zacchaeus went from taking from his community to giving back to his community! Zacchaeus not only made things right with those he stole from, but also gave half of his possessions to the poor.
Zacchaeus’ radical turn around stands as a challenge to us—not only to make right the wrongs we’ve done to others around us, but to give of what we have to meet the needs of others in our community.