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 how this story shows us that Zacchaeus was "trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he couldn't see." He was short but also it made me think that we have to go to place where we can see Jesus clearly — above the noise, ahead of the crowd, away from the world's opinions.
Come on! I love that he didn’t allow the crowd to prevent him from seeing Jesus. I also love how amazing the grace of Jesus is. Zach, the chief tax collector, was the most despised and unpopular man in the entire city, yet Jesus wanted to have a meal with him. The religious crowd was upset. His Grace always offends our self-righteousness.
Yes, so true. I was so impacted by that part when Jesus says He will come to Zach's home. Zach "hurried down and was happy to welcome Him." True desire to meet Jesus has a sign of urgency and joy!
Wow, yes so good. There was no hesitation on Zach’s part, at all. Yet how many times do I hesitate when Jesus calls me? Fear that I’m not good enough, unworthy, etc. can crowd my view of Him, or my passion for Him.