As a kid, I sang a song in my church classes about Zacchaeus. The lyrics went, Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see. And when The Savior passed that way, He looked up in that tree and said, Zacchaeus, you come down! For I’m going to your house today, for I’m going to your house today.
Not included in the lyrics of that song is the fact that Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector. Many people dislike the IRS, so take that dislike and multiply it by the person whose politics you hate the most. Whatever that quotient nets you is how just-about-everyone felt about tax collectors, and Zacchaeus was a high-ranking one.
In Luke 19:7, that sentiment is articulated when the Bible says, “All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’” They were shocked that Jesus was going to hang out with such a notorious sinner.
The fact is we are all notorious sinners. The Bible says there is no one righteous person, with the exception of Jesus. Our righteousness only comes from Jesus—and specifically, through faith in Him. I doubt any of us has a children’s song penned in our honor, but we do have the same offer from Jesus that He made to Zacchaeus. Jesus wants to be with us. He wants to impart His righteousness to us. All we have to do is invite Him in.
If you’ve never let Jesus come into your life fully, do that today. Let us know how we can help you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org right now, and let’s talk soon!