Sunday, December 25, 2016
December 25, Luke 19:1-10 Jesus came to seek and save the lost.
Zacchaeus was a wealthy man and said to be a chief tax collector. That could mean that he made a lot of money as one or a supervisor of other tax collectors. History tells us that tax collectors were legal extortionists. They used the might of Rome to collect the taxes due and then more which they kept. Something about Jesus made Zacchaeus curious, maybe the holy spirit was moving in him. Something obviously happened when Jesus came to his house, he changed. The text indicates that Zacchaeus was a child of Abraham, it would be easy for him, like so many others, to trust in that and his own wealth. But he received Jesus and was both changed and saved. That's what happens to everyone who receives Jesus, change and salvation.