I have always loved the narrative of Jesus Christ and Zaccheus that is recorded in the Scriptures. (Yes, it may have to do with the “Zaccheus was a wee little man” song from children’s church & Sunday school, but nevertheless).
In this account is the story of two seekers. Jesus Christ is the first and foremost of these seekers. He is the giver of grace and He did not end up in Jericho by accident (Luke 19:1-10). Being omnipotent, omniscient, and sovereign God incarnate (incarnate meaning “fully God, fully man”) He was walking on this journey with obedience to what He as God had also orchestrated. He was coming to seek and to save the lost. That was an essential role of His mission to mankind. To seek and to save us by His ultimate unrelenting grace.
But we also find another seeker. The wee little man that was a tax collector in Jericho. (BTW, the tax collector job was even more of a stigma on society then, than it is today.) But He had heard of Jesus and was seeking just to see Him as the Lord was walking through their town. He was seeking sight and hearing of Him so much that Zaccheus climbed up this sycamore tree at risk to his health or reputation. (A grown man climbing a tree…in a tunic.)
Jesus, as He was passing by, took note of Zaccheus, who was probably dealing with little kids pointing and laughing. Zaccheus was in a tree seeking sight of the Savior while others were probably shaking their heads at him, he was seeking to see Jesus. He had the faith to know that there was something special about this man of God from Nazareth. God was moving in his life already. But God did not leave Him there. God Himself, Jesus Christ, sought (there’s that seeking again) an audience and meal with this wee little man.
Zaccheus accepts this role of host for Jesus. He gets more than he had originally even desired (Psalm 37:4). In having Jesus come with the words of truth, grace, and love…Zaccheus places his faith in Jesus Christ. He was seeking the salvation of God and knew in faith that Jesus was the giver of this grace.
Jesus echoes with this resounding moment of faith saying that indeed salvation had come this house. He being the salvation and Zaccheus being the one who had chosen to receive this gift (Romans 6:23, John 1:12-13, 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:8-9). Wow!
Amazing Grace in the Story of Two Seekers…
- Jesus seeks to save the Lost…
- The Lost seeks to be saved By Jesus…
By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8 [ESV]