HERE THEY were, religious leaders blinded by religion and traditions, so even with eyes they failed to see and with ears, they failed to hear neither could they perceive nor understand the actions of Jesus. So, they mattered, calling Jesus all sorts of names because He decided to speak with Zacchaeus whom the masses tagged a preeminent sinner, because he sinned differently from them.
The gospel of Christ is so simple yet the hardened heart, would never perceive its simplicity. It would always seem complex and unacceptable to the unredeemed heart. But once that stone cold heart is traded for what Jesus offers, we begin to live and enjoy the simplicity of God’s love.
On our own accord we can do nothing for we know nothing, we love because He first loved us, we show mercy because He taught us how, by showing us mercy, every good thing comes from Him.
That is why after all the people kept saying about Zacchaeus’ into Jesus’ hearing about his past, and while it all played in His mind, it looked impossible for Jesus to lodge in his house, but that impossibility was already a reality. Jesus, chose to be with him despite the odds.
Seeing all these things, even though Jesus never asked Zacchaeus to do anything apart from saying “today I will lodge in your house.” Zacchaeus went ahead and did the right thing.
So, then Zacchaeus stood up and solemnly declared to the Lord, See, Lord, the half of my goods I [now] give [by way of restoration] to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone out of anything, I [now] restore four times as much. (Luke 19:8)
Sometimes it’s not about asking people do something, our very way of life, how we relate to people, how we treat people will speak better than thousands of words would ever do. An Act of kindness speaks volumes that 1000’s words could ever express.
Jesus’s act of kindness spoke to Zacchaeus’ heart and convicted Him, Jesus did not preach condemnation to this man, even though He knew what he had done, but He also knew his heart and at that moment, that heart sought to see Jesus. Jesus showed Love and that love caused Zacchaeus to do the right thing.
Then Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man* came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:9-10)
In our dealing with others, let us follow Jesus. Shalom!