When we meditate upon Zacchaeus history, our mind is opened in a practical way to see the steps we have to make to have a true encounter with God!…
Jesus Comes to Zacchaeus’ House
19 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
(Although he was rich and had a status by being a chief tax collector, he felt at a some point disgusted with his sinful life of stealing form others. He felt a sinner and decided that he needed God’s mercy!…If you don’t feel like that, unworthy, sinful, disgraced because of your sins then you will never know who God is!…This is the first step.)
3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.
(Many can’t have an encounter with God, exactly because they are following the crowd!…The religion, traditions, pride, self-sufficiency and self-righteousness!..They rather prefer to follow their own minds, cravings and desires. The second step is to let go of the things of this world and seek the things of God.)
4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.
( Zacchaeus ran ahead the crowed and climbed the tree just to see Him, letting go of his pride, status or other people’s opinion!…And you? What are you running for? For the material or spiritual? What do you want to see? Physical blessings or to be the Blessing? The third step is to have a burning desire to have an encounter with God. More than the air that you breath more than the food that you eat or the salary you receive!…)
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.”
(Jesus warned by the Holy Spirit, saw that the intention of that men was different from all those who were following him!…He was different from that crowd. He didn’t want any miracle he wanted Him!…Jesus sees the intention of our heart, our desire for him, our seeking, prayers, fasting and all sacrifices made to have a true encounter with God!…He sees the friends that one cut links with, the old like forsaken, the forgiveness towards others, the truthfulness, sincerity, purity and holiness!..That’s the forth step.)
6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”
(Zacchaeus received Him joyfully, because now had an opportunity to make things right. Rejoice because He wants to stay in your “House” (Life) as well.That’s the fifth step.)
8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
( He decided without no one ask him, to let go, to sacrifice his old life. In other words he said to Jesus: “I recognize I have been selfish, self centered, greedy and materialistic, and as a form to show my surrender I will give to those who are in need. Jesus, I have been a thief all my life!..I harmed, damaged and strained many peoples life’s. I will stop with that immediately and restore fourfold.” That’s the six step. To sacrifice everything that is wrong, upright and sinful. To repent and turn away from your wicked ways.)
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
( Only then Salvation come, because of the repentance and obviously the Holy Spirit will come and make us new creation.That’s the 7th step. It’s God’s part. Number 7 is the number of perfection!…God’s part never fails…the question is: Are we doing the previous 6?
If the answer is yes, so don’t worry, He will stop to you Mr/Mrs, Master/Miss…. Zacchaeus!…)
He will not stop for you if you don’t “stop” for Him!…