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.” Luke 19:5-7.
Zacchaeus was a wee little man, And a wee little man was he…He climbed in a sycamore tree, For the Lord he wanted to see.
Do you remember singing this song? And all the actions? Was it just a song? Does it tell many other things? Jesus saw the heart of Zacchaeus, and didn’t see the ways he was different. Zacchaeus was short, he collected taxes, and he was rich and because of these things, men saw him as a sinner. They didn’t understand why Jesus would want to go to the home of Zacchaeus. Couldn’t Jesus see Zacchaeus wasn’t like them?
Jesus could see the change in Zacchaeus and how he would be pure in his living. His name means purity. Zacchaeus desired to see Jesus even if it was not dignified to climb a tree. Zacchaeus is honest in the way he lived by giving to the poor.
Why did the Son of Man come to do for all of us? Seek and save the lost. “Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Psalm 105:3.
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 19:8-10.