Zacchaeus was a powerful and wealthy man in his own time. He was a chief tax-collector of his time; he was not much loved among his people. Nobody loves Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or Uncle Sam because people don’t want to pay taxes. He was widely known as a crook among his people because he over-taxed people and keep the excess amount for himself. That must have been where he derived his wealth. He was considered a sinner among his people and above all, he was a short-man. People have different disrespectful names for short people. In fact some have forgotten the fact that this short man or this person with a certain disability was created in the image of the Living God.
Zacchaeus heard that Jesus Christ would pass through Jericho and he loved to see Him perhaps to behold his glory. He was not looking forward to see Him for a miracle of healing or for anything. He just wanted to see Jesus Christ. There must have been some thing behind his passion for Jesus Christ. Perhaps the fame of the Lord, perhaps he wanted to behold those merciful eyes of Jesus Christ, those hands that shaped the universe to existence. Perhaps he just wanted to behold the glory of the Son of God. “I must see Him,” Zacchaeus determined in resolute. He set a goal higher and above him but he kept his focus until he achieved his aim.
Zacchaeus recognized his shortcoming, but he did not resign to fate and give up on himself. Several times he must have tried to have a peep at Jesus Christ but the taller people that throng on Him denied him of seeing the Lord. He did something out of ordinary. He overrode his predicament. He climbed the sycamore tree in his desperate effort to see Jesus Christ. We always take climbing a tree as a common thing. But when you consider the thoughtfulness of Zacchaeus, a wealthy man who did not allow his wealth to override his sense of reasoning, humbled himself to the extend of climbing a tree to see the Lord, then you will appreciate it. Again if you consider how difficult it might have been for Zacchaeus, a short-man to climb a tree, you will appreciate the effort. Think of the number of times he must have jumped up to get hold of branch of the tree to no avail. At last he climbed the tree, and this dramatic effort paid off, and it made it to the Bible. Zacchaeus became the first person that striven so hard as to climbing sycamore tree to see Jesus Christ. Perhaps he said to himself, “Although, I am tired of my little stature, but I am moving on any way.” Paul sought the face of God for his infirmities, God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you!” and Paul continued to move on. He wrote one-third of the New Testament. He asked in the book of Romans Chapter 8:35, “What can separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
When Jesus Christ reached the spot, under the sycamore tree that Zacchaeus climbed, he stopped and called him by name: “Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.” Question. How did Jesus know Zacchaeus by name? Answer: He created Him in His image and designed him for success. He was aware of his predicament. He was aware of his problems, and He was aware of his need and lastly He was aware his efforts. Even though, Zacchaeus never know that Jesus Christ can dwell in his house, his righteous efforts paid off and salvation became his portion.
In the presence of God, there is solution; the anointing of his presence saturates the environment. Everything that dwelt in the presence of God prospers. Angel Gabriel declared his source of power, he said, “I am Gabriel that stands in the presence of God and it was the reason why he was a great communicator. In the presence of God, divinity superimpose spiritual and manifest in the physical for the glory of God. In the presence of God, Zacchaeus saw his nakedness and acknowledge himself as sinner and repented of his sinfulness and made restitution of his past bad deed. “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (II Chronicle 7:13-14)
Jesus entered the house of Zacchaeus and made a proclamation and said, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too is a son of Abraham.” We may ponder and wonder and ask ourselves, “What is the relevance of this statement of Jesus Christ? God called Abraham of his kindred with promise of blessing. (Genesis 12:1-3) God established his promise with a covenant in (Genesis 17:7), “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee.” God sealed the covenant with an oath in (Genesis 22:15-18), “And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou has obeyed my voice.” God Almighty is a covenant keeper. Even though Zacchaeus identified and acknowledged himself as a sinner, but because he was a child of covenant, the covenant of his father Abraham located him, and the blessing that was attached to the covenant became his portion. The same way, if you are a child of covenant by the special adoption, through the blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross, the blessing that is attached to the covenant of the blood will locate you and overtake you today in Jesus name
Before we pray, if there is anyone who wishes to become a beneficiary of the covenant of Abraham, you have to do something that is positively dramatic like Zacchaeus. This is an opportunity for you. It did not cost Zacchaeus anything to stand out dramatically; it will neither cost you anything to stand out boldly to obtain this eternal covenant. All that is required of you is faith, and an open confession with your mouth that Jesus Christ is the Lord. And your journey to the eternal kingdom of the righteous will begin from this very moment.
Prayer: Oh Heavenly Father help us to take a giant step to partake in the finished work of the Cross as we hear the word of God this day, in Jesus name, Amen. Let the power of your word permeate into our hearts to transform us to become an acceptable people You desire of us in Jesus name, Amen.