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 would visit there out of pure curiosity, just as many people do today whenever they see any well-known public person. Zaccheaus followed behind and discovered that the Jesus whose amazing miracles he had been hearing about was speaking there.

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

And lo, the richest and most prominent among the publicans was a guy by the name of Zacchaeus.

And he wanted to see Jesus for who he was, but he was unable to do so due to the press because of his diminutive stature.

He went ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him because he was going to go that way.

Jesus arrived at the location, looked up, saw Zacchaeus, and told him to hurry and come down because he had to stay at his house for the day.

And he quickly descended and enthusiastically welcomed him.

And when they noticed it, they all said that he had left to stay with a sinner as guests.

Zacchaeus then stood up and addressed the Lord, saying, "Look, Lord, I give the poor half of my possessions, and if I have taken anything from anyone by a false accusation, I give it back to them fourfold."

In light of the fact that he is also an Abrahamic descendant, Jesus remarked to him, "This day is salvation come to this house."

Because the Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost,

I wish to discuss the enigma surrounding the incident with Zaccheaus and the reasons why he received

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.

Zaccheaus the rich man hided the pride of being a great, rich and public fiqure and he decided to also go and see the Lord Jesus. He would be asking people "I have heard Jesus has come to our city, please do you know exactly where he is now, is he at the market or on the school park?" That is what it means by seeking, he was earnestly looking forward to see Jesus.

Anyone who seeks him shall find Him. For it is was from his heart to see the Lord and that also touched the heart of the Lord who looks through our heart and knew Zaccheaus already has the passion to follow him that is why He called Zaccheaus.

2. He expressed humility

What would it take for a famous and wealthy man to climb a tree to observe another well-known 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 of 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.

Lord listened to him. What would it be like if your desired mentor visited your country? If you went and joined the crowds to wait for your mentor, who is a well-known person, and eventually he came and touched you and you even took a quick photo with him, what would you feel?

Because Zaccheaus was seeking Jesus, Jesus responded. If he wasn't someone who had that much time for Jesus, he wouldn't have claimed that tree. What you show is what is in your heart.

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 received Jesus joyfully. That continue his journey to salvation. Now He accepted Jesus into his house. That the house Jesus entered was the moment He entered in to 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 would you think Zaccheaus will just stand and say he is giving the money he has rubbed people for? The LIGHT which is Jesus Christ Convicted him of his sins and he now totally repented.

The Holy Spirit entered into his heart and he felt sorry for what he has done. He got grieved at eart for what he had done to others and it led him to actual repentence so he quickly gave whatever he has taken from men by false accusations to them back. 

That's why Jesus said, This day salvation has come to house of Zaccheaus. He was talking about Zaccheaus, salvation has come to Zaccheaus. 

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.

The Holy Spirit convict us to righteousness, there is no place in the Bible that tells us Jesus preached to him or revealed to him some mysteries, they were just eating, but what happened was that Jesus is the light of the world, and when the light shines, darkness must run away and as Zaccheaus has accepted to allow Jesus abide in his house which is in his life, he Zaccheaus got Convicted by the Holy Spirit and totally got salvation that day after his repentence.

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

Just like Zaccheaus' story, if you receive Jesus in your life, you will transform. All you need to do is to seek HIM first and He shall come and abide in your life.

Today has salvation come in the house of Zaccheaus, so shall it be you in Jesus name. Amen

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