1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. 4So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.
I like the stories like this in the Gospel where the level of detail in the story just draws you in to the scene itself. It is stories like this one that help us see that the accounts we have of Jesus’ life and ministry come from people who were there. Zacchaeus was a real person and we know all these little details about him. He was rich and a tax collector; and he was short (he might not have liked that detail to be included but I suppose it was important). The really neat thing however, is that Jesus loved Him and wanted to spend His day with him. Not because he was rich or in a position of authority, but because he was “a lost sheep.”
Jesus came to seek and save the lost and we can be thankful for that, because it means He came for us too. Picture the joyful face of our Savior as He rejoices over finding the one that was lost and bringing you into His fold. He knows every little detail about you and He loves you more than you know.