NKJV - 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.
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This event is just one other event in the earthly ministry of The Lord Jesus Christ, if we may insert ourselves into this event at the time, we would realize that Zacchaeus' attitude and action was inviting. By the things he desired and did in trying through the press/crowd and in climbing up the sycamore tree were an evidence of his interest in meeting Jesus, the question should then be whose home should Jesus visit in the circumstance? I see Zacchaeus' attitude as passionately compelling. Also, the Bible revealed that Zacchaeus had overriding desire above all the spectators around to see and to know who Jesus is, even if he were a dwarf, he could have given up but just like the woman with the issue of blood, seeing and knowing Jesus and perhaps,having a contact with Him was an overwhelming requirement that seem to be the only solution to the plight of his life at that moment. Again, it is pertinent to note that God said "you shall seek me and you shall find me because you shall seek me with all thine heart" Jeremiah. 29:13. This, I believe was Zacchaeus' heart condition and he got what he desired
The story of Zacheus is a beautiful illustration of the spiritual truth contained in Revelation 3:20: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Jesus knocked on Zaccheaus door when he called his name. Zaccheaus opened the door when he came down immediately and welcomed Jesus. Jesus came into Zacchaeus's life when he received his salvation, as demonstrated by Zaccheaus's repentance and confirmed by Jesus own words. What better way to celebrate salvation and new life than to have a party with your friends. Jesus demonstrates his total acceptance of Zacchaeus by coming to his home for the party. Clearly this practice was scorned by the religious leaders of the day. But Jesus is providing a beautiful picture of what forgiveness means: the old is gone the new has come. Jesus also wanted Zacchaeus to invite all his "non-believing" friends to join the party and meet Jesus too. This gave Jesus an opportunity to knock on a lot more doors with his gospel message. In this bible story Jesus gives us an excellent model for effective evangelism. When someone comes to faith in Christ the church joins the new believer in celebrating their new faith by having a party. The new convert invites their family and friends to hear the story of their conversion. Such a personal approach is a powerful and effective presentation of the gospel to people that the new believer already has a relationship with and brings all of them in contact with the local church. Thank you Jesus for saving Zaccheaus and transforming his life. May we be so bold as to invite our family and friends to hear our story and introduce them to Jesus.
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