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LUKE 19:1-10

Luke 18:17 “I tell you the truth, you must accept the kingdom of God as if you were a little child, or you will never enter it.”  Zacchaeus was a wealthy tax collector who was disliked and distrusted by those around him. When he heard that Jesus was coming, he acted like a child. He wanted to see Jesus, but being short, he could not see him. Children know what it’s like to try to watch a parade but can’t see it because the people in front of them were too tall. Hopefully, someone will make room for the child in the front. However, because of Zacchaeus’ reputation, it was unlikely that he would have been allowed a space in the front row. Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a tree so that he could see Jesus. Grown ups don’t usually climb trees but Zacchaeus did because he wanted to see Jesus so badly.

In Luke 19:5, Jesus said “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down. I must stay at your house tonight.” Jesus wanted Zacchaeus  to come down from the tree and evaluate his life. For all of us, this is a difficult thing to do. Come down because you must meet yourself and review the direction of your life. Today is the end of everything and the beginning of the next part of your life. You may own the world but die an empty soul. Salvation is the most important thing in your life. There was an urgency in Jesus’ words. Salvation has come. It is important that we stop procrastinating. Jesus knew that Zacchaeus’ religion had been pushed aside and his life had been compromised. In Luke:10 Jesus said ,”The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them.” Though you are the son of Abraham you have been a lost cause to yourself and others. Though many of us have been a part of the Christian church all of our lives, at times, Jesus could say that to us as well. What is really important to the story of Zacchaeus is that Jesus was coming to stay with him,  both physically and spiritually.

God, in his great generosity, sent his Son to be the savior of all mankind. He came to dwell among all of us and to guide us in the way, the truth, and the life. Have you let Jesus come to stay with you? If you have not truly allowed Him into your heart, open your heart to Him all of the way. Allow Him to save the lost. Jesus is ready to fill the void in our hearts and be the biggest  part of our lives. If he was ready for Zacchaeus, he’s ready for us!