Luke 19:10 (KJV)
a Bible verse in the New Testament where Jesus announces His mission,
of His work
here on earth.
There were many in His day who had heard of Jesus. News of His powerful ministry spread rapidly, for He had great wisdom, like nothing people had ever heard. He healed the sick and cast out demons.
also heard of Jesus and wanted to know more. It says in Luke 19:2 that
was a chief tax collector and he was rich. It was known in those days
collectors were thieves, charging people more than what they actually
from it themselves.
only was Zacchaeus
a tax collector, but he was a chief tax collector. He was a thief among
and with great wealth. When
Jesus came through the area, Zacchaeus
hurried up into a tree, so he could get a good look at Jesus. Luke 19:3
says “he sought to see Jesus.”
is very important to note the Greek
meanings of “sought”: worship, desire,
seek (after, for, means). When
Jesus came to the spot where Zacchaeus
was, verse 5 says, “He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus,
come down, for today I must stay at your house.”
must have been very excited because
verse 6 says “he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.” Interestingly,
he also told Jesus, “Behold,
Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I
have taken any thing
from any man by false accusation, I restore
Now, Jesus had not confronted Zacchaeus about his tax collecting practices, so why did Zacchaeus open up and confess?
Look again at the meaning of “sought”: worship, desire, seek after. Zacchaeus was looking for Jesus because he desired something. Webster’s dictionary defines “worship” as: an intense love or admiration.
immediately responded to Zacchaeus and
said, “This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also
is a son
of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which
Zacchaeus had come face-to-face with the Son of God, so he couldn’t help but express the truth because Jesus Who is the light of the world, had shined upon his heart.
is the truth
(John 14:6) and He is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the
Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2
the word “seek” in Luke 19:10. Look
back at the definition again. Jesus sought
Zacchaeus, and Zacchaeus sought
the Presence of the Living God, we
reciprocate Who He is. Our desire is drawn
toward Him, for Who He is.
also desires us.
the presence of Jesus, Zacchaeus expressed
truth in righteousness (he confessed and repented). Jesus is the truth
and righteousness. Jesus
desires and seeks after us.
He has an intense love and admiration of us!
came to seek and save us, all
great light in Jesus draws the light from
our hearts, though the light in our hearts may be dim. His love
in His radiance, reflected His
righteousness upon Zacchaeus, and Zacchaeus couldn’t help but respond
Zacchaeus sought Jesus, received Him, told Him the truth and repented of his sin. And salvation came to his house. May it be the same for us, as the great light of Jesus draws us nearer. Study the Bible verse of Luke 19:10. Seek Jesus, and as He draws near may you reflect truth and righteousness back to Him. Salvation is here.
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