Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.
When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”
Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”
Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Salvation has come. A true son of Abraham is revealed. One like Abraham, loving and obeying God, dealing fairly with those around him. A transformation has taken place. A chief tax collector for Rome, one who is very wealthy, but he is not too proud to climb a tree to see Jesus. For that he was rewarded with a visit from Jesus. The result was a changed man.
When Jesus is sought, welcomed and desired, a change, a transformation occurs. The old, in this case one who grew wealthy at another’s expense, is gone and the new, one who gives his wealth to the poor and pays for his wrongs voluntarily, has come. Genuine transformation from greed to giving. When we seek Jesus and are blessed with his presence the same can be true for us. Zacchaeus was willing, desiring the sight of the Lord. Are we willing? Do we want to see Jesus? Jesus is willing. He states he came to seek and save those who are lost.