Passage: Luke 19:1~10  

Key verse: 10

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, short, but wealthy. In the course of getting what he wanted, he became a public sinner, who was despised and hated by his people due to his dishonesty and collaboration with Rome. This Zacchaeus came to see Jesus! When he encountered an obstacle of people, he did not give up, but he climbed a sycamore-fig tree and waited to see Jesus. Did Jesus pass him by?

Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Jesus called him by name. Jesus knew all about him, yet he was willing to be a guest of Zacchaeus, a sinner. Zacchaeus welcomed Jesus to his home with joy. This encounter with Jesus changed his life and value system, for he was ready to share his possessions with the poor and compensate 4 times more for his cheating. It was his repentance. Jesus pronounced that he was a son of Abraham, a child of God. Jesus was happy to find Zacchaeus and save him, for he came to seek and to save the lost. Zacchaeus came to see Jesus first, but it was really Jesus who came to seek him and to save him.

Prayer: Prayer Thank you, Jesus, for seeking me a lost sinner to save me. Help me to remember your grace and willingly share the gospel with those who are lost around me.

One Word: Jesus came to seek and to save the lost