Jesus Savior of Sinners and Tax Collectors Alike
Jesus savior of all people, from sinners to tax collectors, and even executioners, visits Jericho. He runs across Zacchaeus who was one of the least well thought of citizens.
Zacchaeus was a tax collector for Caesar. The profession was known for cheating people by overcharging taxes and keeping the extra for themselves. The citizens of Israel hated the tax collectors.
“Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter,
“He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord,
“Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” –
Read: Luke 19:1-10
Jesus Comes to Save Jericho
When Jesus came to Jericho, he came to seek the lost. He found Zaccaeus, a jewish tax collector who worked for the Roman government. He cheated his fellow Jews out of money and kept any above what Caesar asked for.
Jesus asked Zaccaeus to come down from the sycamore tree he climbed, for he was to host Jesus. This confused many of the religious people of Jericho. They grumbled and asked why Jesus would go to the home of a sinner.
Zaccaeus Answers the Call of Jesus the Savior
Zaccaeus told Jesus he would give half of possessions to the poor and pay those he had cheated back 4 times as much.
Jesus explains that he did not come into the world to condemn the lost, but to save them.
Are we truly following Jesus’ Savior Methods?
How do we spend our time? Do we surround ourselves only with fellow believers? That is the natural thing to do, but God is supernatural. We should strive to seek the lost and share The Gospel with them. Whom will share Jesus with and allow Him to save?
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house.”