Last time, in Even The Little Things | Part 1, we took a look at Luke 19:1-4, where we were introduced to the character of Zacchaeus and saw how insignificant of a person he was. He was considered a leader of sinners, not much to look at, and a public embarrassment. Yet Christ saw something in him that made him go to Jericho to specifically speak to him!
Now let’s take a look at the second half of the same passage:
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” | Luke 19:5-10
Now we see Christ enter the picture. We know from context that he went out of his way to seek out Zacchaeus. We read that Christ was just passing through Jericho to go to Jerusalem. We know that the Passover was coming up and that he had a mission in mind: to have the Passover with his disciples before He Himself became the Passover lamb for all mankind.
Normally if you have that kind of stress on your mind, your vision becomes narrowed and your thoughts focus on one thing. But not Christ—even with the weight of what was coming resting on His mind, He still saw an opportunity to gain one more soul for the kingdom of God in Jericho and took his time to stop by and speak to Zacchaeus.
We see the confirmation of that in verse 5, where Christ tells Zacchaeus that He must go to his house today. He didn’t have an option or a choice. Christ was emphasizing to Zacchaeus that the reason he came to Jericho that day was to speak to him! What an awesome thought.
The Son of God coming to Jericho before
the most significant event in all of history
to reach out to an insignificant sinner.
We see in verse 6 that Zacchaeus responded to Christ’s calling joyfully. He wasn’t afraid or embarrassed of his past. He was thrilled that the God of the universe would go out of His way to have a personal relationship with him. Zacchaeus was fully aware of who Christ was; he knew that he had healed the sick, brought the dead back to life, and done many amazing and miraculous things. He also knew that Christ saw right through him. Even without introducing himself to the Lord, he admits his sin before the Lord, sets aside his sinful way of life, and commits his wealth to serve the needy and payback those he had deceived fourfold.
That is the transformative power
of Christ in the life of a sinner.
That is the same gift
that Christ offers today!
If you feel unworthy or unqualified to approach the throne of God, you can have hope! The sacrifice that Christ gave to all of mankind 2,000 years ago (shortly after this event took place) opened the way for all people to have a relationship with God.
Through His sacrifice, He can redeem
and renew even the chief of sinners.
All that needs to be done on your part is to accept that free gift of salvation He offers to be added to His kingdom!
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” | 1 Corinthians 1:26-31