Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
-As Jesus passed through Jericho, Zacchaeus a chief tax collector and a rich man sort to see Him. His short statue did not limit him from pursuing Jesus and climb a sycamore tree to see Him. For the first time we see Jesus inviting Himself to someone’s house saying; “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house” (Lk 19:5). Zacchaeus was hungry to receive Christ and when Jesus called him, he welcomed Him with gladness to his house. Jesus thus confirms His teaching that “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day” (Jn 6:44). Zacchaeus was drawn by the Father to repentance, trusted in Jesus and was willing to restore the money he had falsely acquired. Unlike the rich young man who boasted of keeping the law but had deep attachment to his riches, Zacchaeus offered half of his goods to the poor and was called to inherit the kingdom of God (Mk 10:17-25). Jesus called Zacchaeus the son of Abraham to stir up the minds of his critics, especially those who kept the law and thought that they had the right of inheritance through their Jewish orientation. We know that for all who are of faith are the sons of Abraham through Christ will inherit His kingdom. Jesus also called Matthew a tax collector to be his disciple as He calls us today disregarding our occupations, wickedness and weaknesses. Like Zacchaeus; Jesus seeks to stay in our houses today and calls us to respond quickly, and with gladness come to Him with repentance. He calls us to seek Him when He can be found and to open our hearts to receive His salvation, for He did not come to call the righteous but sinner to repentance (Lk 5:32). We have confidence in Him; for those who Jesus saves; He keeps. Despite our weaknesses; Jesus reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of God through Him. We have comfort then, when Jesus draws us to Himself and we respond by faith and He keeps us for Himself forever.
Jesus You are our Lord and Saviour, thank You for loving us with Your everlasting love. We humbly come at Your feet seeking Your mercy and grace, forgive us Dear Jesus and cover us with Your precious blood. Save us all from eternal condemnation and grant us Your grace Lord. Help us like Zacchaeus to always have repentant hearts and gladly welcome You to dwell in us. You are the way, the truth and the life Jesus; we are nothing without You, direct us in all our ways Lord. We are the sons of Abraham through You Jesus, bestow upon us the gift of salvation together with all our descendants. Nothing can separate us from Your love Father, all glory and honor belongs to You. Bless us indeed Lord and expand our territories for the glory of Your name. We thank You and praise You Jesus in all things, now and forever. Amen
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