He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 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.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
Food for Thought:
Zacchaeus was a wayward soul into Jesus made an appearance in his life. Think back about a time in your life when you felt lost. Who helped you to find your way back? Is there a person in your life that seems lost right now and you could reach out to them to help find their way back?
In your Son you seek out and save the lost, O God, and invite us to the banquet of your eternal home. As the followers of Christ, you call us to seek and save the lost too. Guide us as we reach out to your precious children. Amen.