THE MYSTRY BEHIND ZACCHEAUS' ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS CHRIST.

 THE MYSTRY BEHIND ZACCHEAUS' ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS CHRIST.

THE MYSTRY BEHIND ZACCHEAUS' ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS CHRIST.


Zaccheaus worked for the government. He was chosen by the government to serve as a tax collector for the Jews. As a result of their involvement in tax fraud, tax collectors were well recognized for being extremely wealthy.

These individuals are thought to have been disliked by Jews in some way because they allegedly defrauded others of their money.

But this man did something noteworthy and showed humility when he learned that Jesus was passing through their city. At that time, I believe, Jesus' fame had already spread to many cities and countries, much like it has today with some well-known gospel ministers. As a result, crowds of people flocked to see who this Hero Jesus is and why His name is being mentioned everywhere. Others will go there out of curiosity, like many people do today when they see a popular public person. So Zaccheaus went there as well, and there he saw the Jesus people were talking about, the Jesus he had been hearing about for doing amazing miracles.

Luke 19:1-10 (KJV)  And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

I want to share the mystery behind the man called Zaccheaus encounter and why he got saved.

1. He sought to see Jesus

Zaccheaus already sought to see Jesus which is one step to salvation.

Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV)  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

The wealthy Zaccheaus chose to visit the Lord Jesus while keeping his pride in being a powerful, wealthy, and well-known figure hidden. I have heard that Jesus has come to our city; would you kindly let me know where he is right now? Is he at the market or in the school park? That is what it means to be searching; he was eagerly anticipating meeting Jesus.


Anyone who seeks Him will find Him. Because the Lord sees into our hearts and knew Zaccheaus already desired to follow him, He called him Zaccheaus because he first beheld the Lord from his heart.

2. He humbled himself

What will it take a man who is renown and rich man to clime a tree to see another popular public figure. If it were today, a lot of people who are wealthy, like Zaccheaus was, wouldn't even bother to go and see who Jesus is because they would believe that their wealth is sufficient for them. However, Zaccheaus remained modest and climbed the tree since he was aware of how small he was. This man was intelligent enough to climb the tree and wait for Jesus to come so that he would see him, as the Bible states, "Jesus was to pass by," which means that Jesus had not yet passed that specific region but he is at the direction to that very area.


3. Jesus abide at the house of Zaccheaus because Zaccheaus' heart was yearning for Jesus Christ.

Psalms 34:4 (KJV)  I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.


He was heard by the Lord. Imagine your mentor comes to your nation, you go and join the crowds to meet your mentor, who is a highly popular character, and finally he comes and touches you and you even take a picture with him, how would you feel?


Jesus responded to Zaccheaus because his heart desired him. What you depict is what is in your heart; if he didn't have so much time for Jesus, he wouldn't have climed that tree.


Revelation 3:20 (KJV)  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Zaccheaus joyously embraced Jesus. That will help him on his way to salvation. He now welcomed Jesus into his home. The house Jesus visited was the point at which He entered Zaccheaus' life.


4. Zaccheaus Was Convicted By The LIGHT And He Transformed Immediately.


Luke 19:8-10 (KJV)  And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Why do you suppose Zaccheaus will simply step up and declare that he is donating the money he has bilked people out of? He was convinced of his sins by the LIGHT of Jesus Christ, and he has sincerly repented.


After the Holy Spirit entered his heart, he expressed regret for his actions. He experienced genuine regret for what he had done to others, which caused him to promptly return the things he had taken from them through false allegations. 

Jesus proclaimed, "This day salvation has come to the house of Zaccheaus," due to this. He was referring to Zaccheaus, who had found salvation.


2 Corinthians 7:9-10

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.


Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Jesus preached to him or revealed any mysteries to him; instead, it says that the Holy Spirit convicts us to righteousness. However, since Zaccheaus had agreed to let Jesus live in his house, which is his life, and since the Holy Spirit is the source of light, Zaccheaus experienced this conviction and received complete salvation on the day of his repentance.

John 16:8 (KJV)  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

If you accept Jesus into your life, just like Zaccheaus did, you will change. All you have to do is seek HIM out first, and He will enter your life and stay there.

In the name of Jesus, just as salvation arrived today in Zaccheaus' home, it will also happen to you. Amen

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