Jesus found Zacchaeus. He sought him, actually. Our Jesus, sweet, perfect, and untainted, went to the house of a filthy, stealing tax collector. Jesus found Zacchaeus to bring salvation and redemption to a man with a dark, deceptive past.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him,“Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “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.” Luke 19:1-10
Jesus found me in the middle of my parents’ divorce.
Jesus found me during a hard breakup.
Jesus found me stressed out and crying over college exams.
Jesus found me angry and hurt.
Jesus found me lying.
Jesus found me gossiping about my closest friends.
Jesus found me in the middle of hopeless job-searching.
Jesus found me after a night out and a few too many drinks.
Jesus finds me day after day. He doesn’t care if I’m a train wreck of emotions or on my A-game. He tells me to come down from my tree and pay Him a visit every single day. He comes to open His heart as I open mine, to listen and to speak. He doesn’t care that I, like Zacchaeus, am tainted and imperfect. He comes to seek and save us.
…and the worst part is that sometimes I say no. Sometimes I say, “Jesus, not now. Can’t you see I’m overwhelmed with work and have housework to do? Can’t you see I’m sleep deprived and stressed? Do you not see this awful sin I’m in?”
He does, friend. He sees it all and still is searching for you. He sees your royal mess-ups, your doubt, your mess, and still is trying to find you. Jesus doesn’t want you to be a spectator from the tree tops, but instead invite Him in your home to visit. Jesus wants a one on one relationship with you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Jesus called on Zacchaeus to save Him and change His heart, and He wants to do the same for you. Zacchaeus went from a lying and stealing tax collector to a follower of Jesus, willing to pay back every debt he owed. Jesus is trying to find you to save you, to offer heart change and a new life. He wants you to turn away from your sin and draw near to Him.
I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
Stop in the middle of your mess today to meet Him and invite Him in. He is searching for you, eagerly awaiting to bring you life.
What is stopping you? What are you waiting for? Come down from that tree and draw near to our Father.