Luke 19:2a, 3b-4, 10 NIV 2011
A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus…he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Zacchaeus was a wealthy chief tax collector. Luke 19:1, “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.” Jesus spotted Zacchaeus in the tree and asked him to come down. He needed a place to stay for the night. The people were surprised. Luke 19:7, “All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘he has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’” Zacchaeus’ heart changed meeting Jesus. He was willing to give half of everything to the poor and return quadruple to anyone cheated. Jesus meets the needs of those that seek Him.
Back in August, a friend sent this to me: “Long before Zacchaeus couldn’t see Jesus, the tree was planted to meet his need.” I have loved this and keep it on my phone as a reminder. I remember as a young girl hearing Zacchaeus’ story in Sunday school. He was a man who heard of Jesus. He let nothing stand in his way of seeking him. How often do I let things get in the way of seeking Jesus? I’ll admit, too often. Jesus meets my needs when I seek Him.
What tree has God planted for you?
Seeking Him daily,