God came to seek and save the lost. In response to God’s grace, He calls us to change and make amends for the past. Jesus approaches the crowds in Jericho, walks right through them, and goes straight to the tree Zacchaeus has climbed. He looks up at Zacchaeus (v. 5) and tells him to come down because Jesus needs to stay in his house. Who is seeking whom here? We’re told Zacchaeus is seeking Jesus, but it is very clear both from Jesus’s actions and words that Jesus is seeking out Zacchaeus.
This invitation brings Zacchaeus great joy (v. 6). Here we see that Zacchaeus is already becoming a new creation in Christ, for in response to the people grumbling about him Zacchaeus announces he will give away half his money and restore fourfold any money taken wrongfully (v. 8)! Jesus seeking out Zacchaeus is a picture of his pursuit of each of us.
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