Running with Zacchaeus

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 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.” 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 19:1-10)

Zacchaeus… everybody knows about that man who wanted to see Jesus, but could not because he was not tall enough. We smile when we hear his story and children laugh. However there is one who did not laugh at Zacchaeus: Jesus. Jesus did not laugh at him because he was deeply affected by what Zacchaeus did.

Zacchaeus did not only try to see Jesus, he ran on ahead to be sure he would not miss Him. He humiliated himself because he thought Jesus was worth it. And because Zacchaeus believed that Jesus was worth it, Jesus decided that Zacchaeus was worth it. Jesus was in a hurry to spend time with Zacchaeus. Jesus did not need to eat with him to save him. He did not need to stay his house. He just wanted to do it and quickly because when you run to see God, He is in a hurry to spend time with you.

God promised that if we seek Him, He will be found by us (2 Chronicles 15:2) and that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8). God always take seriously those who run to Him, those who want Him enough to do what can seem crazy to meet him. Jesus took seriously Mary (Luke 10:38-42) and did not despise Zacchaeus.

For God the greatest commandment will always be to love Him with all we are and have (Matthew 22:37-38). And He will always reward those who seek Him earnestly (Hebrews 11:6), knowing that He is our exceeding great reward (Genesis 15:1).

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