Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.
I love that Zacchaeus worked hard to find Him. Let's not deny the fact that not everyone was climbing a tree that day to get a better view!
I've found "entering into" His presence takes work and discipline. Once I'm in there with Him, He does what He does, but my work is in getting to that place where I'm with Jesus, sitting with Him, listening, leaning in, pouring my heart out to Him.
He is the kind of Savior that can’t be contained by the “crowds” in our path that prevent us from seeing Him!
Once I'm with Him, once I clear my view like Zach (in the natural and spiritual) then I can hear and see Him clearly. Nothing will separate us from Him — nothing!
Yes, he didn’t let the judgment or the response of the crowd prevent him from doing what he needed to do (climb, run, etc) to meet with Jesus. Jesus comes to do away with the fear of man in us. He gives us boldness to be free.