To save that which was lost!

Luke 19:1 Then Jesus /Yahshua entered and passed through Jericho. 
2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 
3 And he sought to see who Jesus / Yahshua was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 
4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 
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.” 
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.”
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.”
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.”

Yahshua was a travelling man, and he and His party were passing through Jericho.

Then Jesus /Yahshua entered and passed through Jericho. 
Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 
And he sought to see who Jesus / Yahshua was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature
. (Vs 1-3)

Zacchaeus reminds me of a friend of mine who is only about 5 Ft. tall. A small man but great in stature. But Zacchaeus was a tax collector and probably hated by His contemporaries. But he was driven to see Yahshua / Jesus, and so He climbed a tree to get a bird’s eye view of the Messiah!

So, he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 
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.”
 (Vs 4, 5)

Don’t you know that Zacchaeus’ heart must have been pounding in his chest, especially when He heard his name called by the anointed one of Israel. Zacchaeus had great expectations about this man they called Son of David. And apparently Yahshua understood that this man needed Salvation.

So, he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 
But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”
(Vs 6, 7)

The majority of people then had no idea what the Son of God had in mind, especially the Temple Priests. They had no way to understand that it was His intent to save that which was lost, by restoring the lost tribes of Israel, and apparently Zacchaeus was a descendent of one of those ten lost tribes.

Everything that was happening here was as if it was from a script, it was as if Yahshua knew everyone, He came to, and every scene had been prepared for Him along the way.

He went to the house of Zacchaeus, and stayed.

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.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

It made no difference what anyone said, especially those who did not know Yahshua. The righteousness that Pharisees taught did not allow for mercy and grace. They pronounced themselves clean and pure and stayed away from anyone involved in sin according to their judgment. Never would they have thought to witness to them, teach them about God’s Word, the Law.

But here we have Yahshua giving us a lesson in what to do with a sinner. Here is a lamb who has strayed!

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 
And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 
And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:4-7)

We need to understand that because His Spirit resides in us, we should be doing the same thing. Seeking to save that which was lost!

Why else would He have given us our own very special testimony?

 “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. (Isaiah 43:10)

And:

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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