Luke 19:10 ‘For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.’
Jesus made this great statement to explain and declare His purpose in coming to earth. He was prompted to make this statement soon after he heard the people murmur saying:
Luke 19:7 “And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.”
The people could not believe that Jesus would interact with or even visit the house of Zacchaeus.
1. Zacchaeus’ Position
Luke 19:2 “And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.”
Zacchaeus was in charge of those tax collectors who received their collections and transmitted them to the Roman government. Zacchaeus also was a wealthy man. It could be that he would stand over others and take more than the required tax and pocket it for himself.
2. Jesus’ Proposal
Luke 19:5 “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.”
Zacchaeus was so notorious in the community that they even called him a sinner by name. (This name was also given to the women who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair)
However, though this statement is true and ascribed to all humanity, Christ didn’t go around and call people sinners by name. As a matter of fact, Jesus called Zacchaeus by his birth name. What a blessing it is to know that God knows you by name, and calls you by it.
3. Zacchaeus Pursued
Luke 19:6 “And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.”
It is a sad thing to see people reject Christ and his invitation, but on the other hand, it is a blessing to see people respond with joy to Jesus’ offer.
4. Zacchaeus Penitence (repentance)
Luke 19:8 “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”
Zacchaeus demonstrated true repentance. His faith in Christ was true. He had an inward change proven by an outward action through the work of God.
5. Zacchaeus’ Pardon
Luke 19:9 “And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house…”
Salvation means to be forgiven by God through Jesus Christ. Jesus paid it all, and all to Him we owe. If you have not yet received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, I pray you make a decision today, and that salvation will come to your house.