Have you heard the story aboutÂ Zacchaeus, the tax collector? HeÂ was not a popular man. No one likes aÂ tax collector, especially a dishonest taxÂ collector.
Zacchaeus was also very short. I canÂ imagine him trying to see the LordÂ Jesus as He came through Jericho. I canÂ picture the people being rude to himÂ and not giving him an opportunity toÂ get in through the crowd. I admire hisÂ determination. He really wanted to seeÂ the Lord Jesus, and even climbed a tree toÂ get a better view (Luke 19:4).
Do you think the Lord Jesus wasÂ interested in this thief? Of course HeÂ was! He cared, and He cares about us too,Â in spite of our failures. The Lord knewÂ exactly where Zacchaeus was. When theÂ Lord called Zacchaeus, the Bible says heÂ came down quickly.
We are no different from this taxÂ collector. We have fallen short of whatÂ God has required of us (Romans 3:23).Â Everyone needs to â€œcome quicklyâ€ to theÂ Lord Jesus.
Agreeing with God that youÂ are a sinner is one of the firstÂ requirements for salvation.Â Zacchaeus obeyed the LordÂ and joyfully received Him!Â Wouldnâ€™t it have been foolishÂ of Zacchaeus to say, â€œIâ€™m soÂ comfortable up here, Iâ€™ll wait untilÂ tomorrow to come downâ€? Who knowsÂ what tomorrow may bring (ProverbsÂ 27:1). If the Lord is calling youÂ today, you need to listen.
Zacchaeus must have been a lonelyÂ man, but Christ met his need andÂ changed his life. The Lord came rightÂ into his house (Luke 19:8-9), and HeÂ will do the same for you. He will bring aÂ wonderful quality of life to you that willÂ meet your every need at home, school orÂ work. He gives abundant life!
Would you like the power to changeÂ the way you are living, and know beyondÂ a doubt that your sins are forgiven? FollowÂ the example of Zacchaeus. Seek the LordÂ Jesus, with all your heart. Where you willÂ exist eternally depends on it.
The Lord Jesus came to seek and toÂ save those who are lost because of theirÂ sin. He will meet you exactly whereÂ you are, just as he did Zacchaeus. TheÂ questions is, will you allow Him to doÂ that?
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