Luke 19:9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Of all the truths we can know about Jesus, one of the most precious to me is the truth that His salvation is for ‘whosoever will.’ Christ offers salvation not only for the very religious like Nicodemus, He also offers it for the not-so-religious such as the woman at the well. As our passage for today states – Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.
The Bible tells us that we all lost. Scripture says:
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (see Romans 3:23)
There is none of us who is righteous in and of ourselves. (see Romans 3:10)
There is none of us who naturally does what is good. (see Romans 3:12)
Unless each of us has a spiritual new birth, we will never see the kingdom of God. (see John 3:3)
The crowd could not believe that Jesus would associate with someone as sinful as Zacchaeus. Although he was a Jew by birth, most of the people in the crowd that day viewed him as an outcast. Because he collected taxes for the Roman government, he was to many of them a traitor to his people and therefore no longer worthy to be a part of the Jewish culture.
Yet Jesus said – “He also is a son of Abraham.” Zacchaeus was a son of Abraham (a Jew) by his physical birth. But even more so, he was now a son of Abraham by his spiritual birth. The Bible says that Abraham is the father of all who believe. (see Romans 4:11) Abraham is not only the physical father of the Jewish people; he is also the spiritual father of all (Jew and Gentile) who believe God and receive His salvation.
As we bring our study of Zacchaeus to a close, I take this moment to remind us all that we should never consider anyone to be beyond the love of God. Sometimes we’re tempted to think that some people are too far gone to be saved. Yet Zacchaeus’ conversion teaches us that God may sometimes be working in the places we least expect, and that anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord can be saved.