Luke 19:10: The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Zacchaeus was a tax collector. Tax collectors were the most hated among the Jews because they collected tax for the Roman government, their oppressors. But they also did their fair share of stealing from people by taking more tax than was required. When we first meet Zacchaeus, he was not collecting taxes. He was seeking Jesus, Who also was seeking him. He wanted a different lifestyle. How do we know Zacchaeus was changed by Jesus’ presence in his home? He was ready to give away his wealth, even more than he had to. He knew his sinful condition. He didn’t deny that he was a sinner. By now you know that Jesus was different from the regular religious folks. He didn’t go for what was popular or expected. His mission was not to save those who believed they were already righteous. He came to seek and to save those who were lost and knew it. He kept company with the people that the religious world snubbed.
I love Zacchaeus’ excitement when Jesus invited Himself to dinner. I imagine him jumping down from the tree and running into his house. It’s interesting to note that Jesus chose Matthew, a tax collector, to be one of His disciples. Even though both these men were wealthy through unscrupulous means, Jesus embraced them. He is no respecter of persons. Rich or poor, there is love enough for all.
Romans 8:1: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”