Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

Spotted in a Tree

Scripture passage: Luke 19:1-10

Verse 3 – He (Zacchaeus) wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.

Luke says Zacchaeus was very wealthy, yet no one in the crowd cared enough to move out of way or make room for him.  We find out later that they despised him because he was a sinful tax collector.  So Zacchaeus climbed a tree.  Zacchaeus did not care what people would think, or how undignified he would seem.  Nor was he thinking about his money.  All he was concerned with was seeing who Jesus was.  Who climbs trees?  That might be something a child would do.  Yet Jesus teaches us that we must become like little children – humble and sincere, accepting our needy position before our heavenly father.

And who does Jesus single out of the crowd?

Verse 5 – When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately.  I must stay at your house today.”

When Zacchaeus confessed his greedy ways and his intention to turn away from his sin, Jesus pronounced, “Today salvation has come to this house.”  Zacchaeus may have been small, he may have been sinful, he may have been despised by others, but Jesus did not overlook how Zacchaeus responded with a sincere heart on that day.

I can remember many times when the Lord showed me that he saw my heart and was paying attention.  It mattered to Him.  Be encouraged, when we respond to Christ with sincere hearts, as humble as it may seem, Jesus is watching and will respond to us like he responded to Zacchaeus.