Zach got up like any other work day, going through his morning routine. On his way to his office, he noticed a parade of people lining up down Main Street. With no holiday on the calender, he stopped to chat with some folks in the crowd, curious about all the commotion. To his surprise, Jesus was passing by Jericho, receiving rock star treatment, minus the screams from young ladies looking for an autograph.
Vertically challenged, Zach could not see anything, despite jumping up and down with all his might to catch a glimpse of this legendary man. Caught up in the frenzy, Zach runs ahead of the masses, finds an overhanging tree and starts to climb. Yes, this wasn’t your typical day, especially when the chief tax collector hangs out over the road to get Jesus’ attention. What happened next got the grapevine stirred up as gossip rumbles across the town, Luke 19:5-7, “Jesus meeting a sinner in his own house?”
Unfortunately, inquiring minds are left to wonder what occurred behind closed doors as the doctor gives a shorthand version in Luke 19:8-10. Touched by this offer, Zach doesn’t panic about what his house looked like. Nor does he spend countless hours making excuses for his past sins. Rather, Zach appears to be convicted by the wrongs he had committed. Thus, he makes a pledge to the poor and penance to those he overcharged. Following this meeting with Jesus, Zacchaeus was spiritually transformed, moved by the promise of salvation, John 3:16 and inspired by faith to act, James 2:26. May we all be so fortunate to one day experience a face to face meeting with Jesus.
by Jay Mankus