Zacchaeus Listened, Will You?

viaadmin Children's Feature, Volume 39

Have you heard the story about Zacchaeus, the tax collector? He was not a popular man. No one likes a tax collector, especially a dishonest tax collector.

Zacchaeus was also very short. I can imagine him trying to see the Lord Jesus as He came through Jericho. I can picture the people being rude to him and not giving him an opportunity to get in through the crowd. I admire his determination. He really wanted to see the Lord Jesus, and even climbed a tree to get a better view (Luke 19:4).

Do you think the Lord Jesus was interested in this thief? Of course He was! He cared, and He cares about us too, in spite of our failures. The Lord knew exactly where Zacchaeus was. When the Lord called Zacchaeus, the Bible says he came down quickly.

We are no different from this tax collector. We have fallen short of what God has required of us (Romans 3:23). Everyone needs to “come quickly” to the Lord Jesus.

Agreeing with God that you are a sinner is one of the first requirements for salvation. Zacchaeus obeyed the Lord and joyfully received Him! Wouldn’t it have been foolish of Zacchaeus to say, “I’m so comfortable up here, I’ll wait until tomorrow to come down”? Who knows what tomorrow may bring (Proverbs 27:1). If the Lord is calling you today, you need to listen.

Zacchaeus must have been a lonely man, but Christ met his need and changed his life. The Lord came right into his house (Luke 19:8-9), and He will do the same for you. He will bring a wonderful quality of life to you that will meet your every need at home, school or work. He gives abundant life!

Would you like the power to change the way you are living, and know beyond a doubt that your sins are forgiven? Follow the example of Zacchaeus. Seek the Lord Jesus, with all your heart. Where you will exist eternally depends on it.

The Lord Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost because of their sin. He will meet you exactly where you are, just as he did Zacchaeus. The questions is, will you allow Him to do that?

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