Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector during the days of Jesus. He was a short man. One day, Jesus happened to come to Jericho. When Zacchaeus learned about it, he wanted to see Jesus. Because he was short, he climbed up a sycamore fig tree to see him. As Jesus was passing through, he looked up and saw Zacchaeus. He called him to come down and told him he wanted to spend the night at his house. When Zacchaeus heard this, he came down to welcome him into his house.
At this point, the people started to rebuke Jesus for becoming the guest of a sinner. This is because Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector and tax collectors in those days are known for cheating people’s money by overcharging the tax. However, Zacchaeus was sincere in following Jesus. He promised Jesus to give half of his possessions to the poor and pay back 4 times the money if he has cheated anyone. Therefore, Zacchaeus now have share in the kingdom of God because he deny himself and put God first in his life.
Zacchaeus did not give excuses although he is short. He might have dismiss the thought of seeing Jesus since there was a large crowd of people taller than him that block his view. He didn’t give up and climb up on the sycamore tree to see him. The same applies to people seeking Jesus today. When there are a few obstacles, they decided to give up in seeking Jesus. We must be patient and never give up in prayer. We must believe in Jesus with the faith of a little child.
Zacchaeus denied himself for Jesus so that he is saved and part of the kingdom of God. He was generous. Christians must be generous and kind to those who are needy. Christians must be kind-hearted so that people can see the love of Jesus in their lives. God loves us first so we must love others also. If you don’t love others, you cannot call yourself a disciple of Christ.
In Matthew 19:14 KJV, But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Matthew 13:18-23 KJV)
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. (Luke 10:25-28 KJV)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Luke 9:23-24 KJV)