The story of Zacchaeus the tax collector is the account of a meeting between Jesus and Zacchaeus when Jesus was passing through the town of Jericho. Jesus has built up a following of spectators trying to witness any miracles being performed, but Zacchaeus was too short to see him over the crowd. By climbing up a sycamore tree, not only was Zacchaeus able to see Jesus, but Jesus could also see Zacchaeus. Jesus walks over to Zacchaeus and invites himself to his house. During their meeting, Zacchaeus has an attitude of repentance and promises to give half of his possessions to the poor in addition to repaying anybody he cheated four times the amount he extorted from them. As a result, Zacchaeus is forgiven of his sins and receives salvation as a descendant of Abraham (Luke 19:1-10).
The main message of the story is about Jesus being the Son of God who loves Zacchaeus no matter what he has done or who hates him. The real reason Zacchaeus could not see Jesus was not because he was short. The crowd probably would not let him through since he was a tax collect...
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...thy of love but then Jesus enters their lives at just the right moment. Jesus came into the world to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), which includes everyone who has a sincere heart and is open to receiving an invitation from Jesus. Just like Zacchaeus, regardless of the circumstances, personal status, or religious background, anyone can receive salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ.
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Saint Mary's Press College Study Bible: New American Bible. Winona, MN: Saint Mary's Press, 2007. Print.
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