Sunday, November 27, 2011

The man who wanted to see Jesus!

Zaccheaus was a classical example of a person tied around in knots ,in a bondage of sin and judgement.Someone who,so to say,would never qualify to be a friend of God.He was a short man in the physical sense.He was perhaps a doer.He wanted to see Jesus.It looked nigh impossible,being crowded out by the crowd who were all over.
The same nature that wanted to profit out of the situation he had been placed in by cheating his countrymen might have been the nature that brought salvation into his life.
He had to see Jesus and he found a way out to have a VIP view of him.He climbed a sycamore tree.There might have been hundreds of people with a normal height who would have missed having such a view of Jesus inspite of their obvious advantages.
Surprisingly Jesus stops below the tree where the man is standing and invites himself for dinner to his house.
Zacheous is eager inspite of the obvious disapproval from all the people around who hate him for what he has been.
When he comes out from the house he has changed his stance.Jesus had not just entered the house,he had also entered Zacheous' heart.It made him understand the worth of the Man who had come into his life.
Jesus himself declares,“Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”


Andi and Sheba Eicher said...

one of the amazing pictures of how Jesus changes sinful hearts - notice how Jesus did not barge in - he invites himself into our lives - but we have to open the door. Zachheus did - and showed the fruits of his repentence by giving 1/2 he had to the poor and repaying four-fold those he had cheated. Did Zachheus have anything left after that? we don't know - but we do know that he has the eternal privilege of having his name written in the Lamb's book of life - and having his story recorded for us in the gospel! what a legacy to have!

pixi said...

Two more thing I learnt from this incidence today.
1.Zacheheus actually had to take the step of climbing up the Syccamore tree inspite of all the odds piled up against him to actually be noticed by Jesus.
2.By that act of single-minded desire to see Jesus,he made that all important transition from a life of bondage to a life of freedom.