19 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was achief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. (ESV)
So today I heard a extremely good sermon regarding the love of Christ, so good by the end of the sermon I was not only in tears but ready to take communion. The funny thing about that is, we weren’t having communion this morning but this evening. The scripture that was taught today was interesting because it was a scripture that was taught to me by the holy spirit years ago when I was doing my devotions or maybe just searching the scriptures. The way the holy spirit ministered this scripture was equivalent to the way the pastor taught it this morning.
The story of Jesus and Zacchaeus is so moving because Zacchaeus knew he needed a savior and was seeking before anyone told him he needed Jesus, and when Jesus came to him directly it is reminiscent to the way he comes to us now, with a sense of urgency. Personally, full of hope and encouragement. As well as a sense of
honor that he sought us out and not the other way around. This is the paradox its all Christ and all you, Christ giving you the gift of salvation and you receiving it. How wonderful to be Zacchaeus, to have Jesus come up to you and tell you he’s coming over to have dinner with you. Not only that, but in front of all those begrudging people who hate you and think your worthless, but the God-man comes and bestows grace upon you. God, who renders you blameless before prideful and judgmental man. This was truly exceptional and unworthy grace upon, upon grace. Also for you to receive the grace and repent, this is paramount to salvation a change of heart and of your nature. The beautiful thing about Zacchaeus is that his conversion was immediate, when most of us have a very gradual change, and a gradual repentance. And I thank the Lord for his patience with me in this aspect of salvation.
Which brings me to the point of this. If Christ exalts us, how much more should we exalt the spotless lamb of God??? The time to come to Christ Jesus is now, not when you’ve cleaned up your life because then you would be self righteous and think you did it, come to him now so you have the righteousness of Christ and he will cleanse you of all unrighteousness!!!
2 Corinthians 6:2 ~ For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (ESV)