Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place. He looked up and saw him and said to him “Zacchaeus make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house”.
This particular message was hidden for me until God revealed it to me. On 30th April afternoon, while I was praying, the Holy Ghost revealed the truth behind the salvation of Zacchaeus. I have gone through this text many times before but never knew what exactly it meant. But I fell straight unto the feet of Jesus who came to me in my room that afternoon. I cried and cried until I was weak and thanked him for the revelation. Interestingly, every action that Zachchaeus and Jesus did in Luke 19 consists of messages and hidden truth. I am so excited that I am going to share this with you. When I received it, I praised god…and I am sure you will also experience the same.
Zachchaeus was a Chief Tax collector,he was very rich but short in stature. Bible is actually very concise and concentrated. It doesn’t say many things which are not important to the revelation. This man was holding a good position , he was very wealthy but lacked something in his life so he sought to see who Jesus was. You may have everything of this world but if you don’t have Jesus – you have nothing.He might have heard many things about Jesus from his friends and society but all that knowledge did not satisfy him. That’s why he sought to see Jesus. We will seek only those things which we have never seen or heard before. Why will someone seek the things they already know ? The text doesn’t indicate that this man heard about Jesus beforehand, but it clearly says “he sought to see who Jesus was” . By this, we can come to the conclusion that this man had heard something about Jesus, but now he wanted to see and experience more of who Jesus was. We can also understand from this text that he came to see Jesus to know him more than what he had heard about him. I was born and brought up in a strong Pentecostal family, with daily prayers and worship. I thought I knew God…but the whole concept changed when he touched me…I don’t know him still….I am tasting him daily…he is very vast and big for me.
Psalm 139: 17 “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!”. And again in Psalm 40:5 “Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which you have done, and your thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with you. If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.” We know Pastors, churches and people, but we don’t know God. He is very vast. We can see many people around us who just want information about Jesus. We cannot call them seekers. One of my office colleagues asked me for a bible. I was really glad about this and I gave one to him….But after some months I asked him whether he read the bible daily . He replied that he just wanted an information about something, because he was doing some research in the subject of ‘religion’. God is not looking for these kind of people, who just want an information. God is not promoting self seekers. He is not interested in people who seek fame and riches of the world. Philippians 2:21 says,” For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ.”
I am concerned about the spiritual world today. Most men seek after positions and titles and some seek for fame and money. But my prayer to god is,” Lord I want to seek your face.”how many of us can sing with David “One thing I have desired of the lord, that will I seek. That I may dwell in the house of the lord. all the days of life, to behold the beauty of the lord.”
Read Colossians 3:1-2
God will not hide himself who will diligently seek him. Proverbs 8: 17 says, “ I love those who love me. And those who seek me diligently will find me.” Zacchaeus heard about Jesus but he could not taste who Jesus is. That’s why he planned to seek Jesus. Job 42:5 says,” I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you.” All that Zacchaeus heard about Jesus was not enough to satisfy him. He was thirsty to see and hear more about Jesus. All that he had heard did not change him. Initially he could not see Jesus because of the Crowd and his short stature. His first attempt failed , but next verse says “So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him” . This action touched me a lot. Even though his attempt failed initially, he did not stay back, but he ran ahead…..and climbed….These two actions are very important to understand and it has taught me a new lesson. He ran ahead and he climbed…We sometimes give up and go weary when we do not find answers in the first attempt….But this man ran ahead …His failure boosted him up to the next level….and he climbed…Who can climb? If I give up and if I go weary I cannot climb. But his action teaches us a lesson. His thirst to see Jesus was so much that he didn’t go weary but gained strength to climb.
My god!! I don’t know how many of you got this point….If you seek god diligently, god will test your thirst for him. He may hide his face at your first attempt, but if you still run ahead and climb to the next level of seeking….he will not hide his face but he will reveal himself to you.
Do you give up at the first level itself? Do you go weary when you see the prayers unanswered? Zacchaeus did his best . Now it’s the turn of Jesus to do the rest. Everything he did was just to see him. Let our every action and prayers be this “Lord I want to seek your face”.
Verse 5 of Luke chapter 19 “And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down for today I must stay at your house.”
Zacchaeus not only sought to see Jesus, but he waited up in the tree. Psalms 40:1,” I waited patiently for the lord and he inclined to me” . Jesus came to the place where Zacchaeus was waiting for him. What does this teaches us…if you seek him diligently and wait for him…he will not forsake you but he will come to you. Psalms 34:5 “They looked to him and were radiant and their faces were not ashamed. “ I believe that this man could not see Jesus but Jesus saw him.
Jesus came exactly where Zacchaeus was waiting for him….and when he came there, he called his name and said,” make haste and come down for today I must stay at your house.” There was a crowd near to him. But Jesus was seeking people who was seeking him and he knows the name of the person who seeks him diligently. They will never be ashamed. God searched Zacchaeus and knew his heart. Now the next word is very powerful. When the Holy Ghost revealed this to m, I dropped my pen and lay on the floor kissing my Jesus feet….. Verse 5 says, “ And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him.” Many a times, we seek the lord but at last we give up, and draw back and when Jesus comes to that place where we were before, he sometimes does not find you and me. Are you there still? You may be a meter away from god’s blessing but unknowingl, you gave up, thinking that god is away from you. Are you there?
Jesus came to that place and found Zacchaeus. I love this Zacchaeus because he taught me to be available when god is there to perform a miracle for me. Like Zacchaeus, are we there still???
He thought of just seeing Jesus and going his way . But this was not the plan of Jesus. He wanted to stay at his house. He didn’t want to change only Zacchaeus . He wanted to change his entire house .
I don’t know who, but the Holy Ghost is telling me that someone who is reading this has sought Christ Jesus but his/ her family is not saved still..But there is a message for you today …God is going to visit your house….’You have found me now your family members also is going to taste me…”. My god! I really don’t know who is this…but you have received the deliverance right now.
God wanted to make his home in Zacchaeus. John 14:23 says , ‘Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. ‘ Revelation 3:20,” Behold, I stand at the door and knock, and if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” God is not looking for rich or talented persons…He says,” if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come and make my home with him.” Verse 8 says,”Lord, Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor and if I have taken anything by false accusation, I restore fourfold”. This act of him led him to his salvation…. Did Jesus tell him to do all these? Why he did not think of this before? Because Jesus was not in his house…but when Christ Jesus came into his heart, he came to know that he was a sinner. He came to know that he had taken something falsely and had earned something in a wrong way…Unless and until Jesus comes into your heart and makes his home in you….you will never have a thought that you are a sinner. We see people around who think that they are perfect. It is because they have never met the real ‘perfect’…A violin is not tuned by another violin but it is tuned by the keys of the keyboard…Unless and until Jesus comes into your heart and makes his home in you…You might think that the act of sin is the new trend. You might think that smoking is a fashion while drinking shows your maturity.….Pray and seek the lord. He will never put you down, but will lift you up from the miry clay and horrible pit of sin. I want to write many things but I have limitations here. Zacchaeus gave half of the goods to the poor and the rest, he gave to the people from whom he had taken in a wrong way…Now he doesn’t have anything….People around might have said that he has lost everything. But Zacchaeus will tell “NO, I have gained.” He was not giving actually, but he was receiving the blessings and salvation.
In Verse 9, Jesus said “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.” Now many think that if they give something, they will get salvation but this is wrong concept actually …..Salvation is not something which is gained by your ability or by your power but it is the Gift of god…There is nothing that you can do to earn this gift. If one could earn it, it would not be a gift, it would be wages. Why did Jesus call Zacchaeus as the son of Abraham ? It was because Abraham left everything and followed God by Faith( Hebrews 11:8-9) .This man like Abraham, gave everything that he had earned for Jesus. Now he didn’t have anything of this world, but he had Jesus in him…He is not walking by sight but he is walking by faith….
Before this, it was the devil who had made his home in the life of Zacchaeus life . But since he sought Jesus , the prince of peace, Christ Jesus made his home in the heart of Zacchaeus..
Let us seek the lord not only on Sundays and Fridays, but let us seek him all the days of our life.
Lord, make your home in me… God bless you with this.