“Today salvation has come to this house,” Jesus told him, “because he too is a son of Abraham. (Luke 19:9)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Of the countless number of stories of Jesus’ life and ministry, Luke included this story purposefully. The people of Jesus’ day considered tax collectors to be traitors not only to God’s people but also to God Himself. Zacchaeus’ core allegiance was to the pagan emperor in Rome. If Jesus came to save Zacchaeus, then anyone can be saved. Jesus came to call Zaccheus to a new allegiance, which is to the kingdom of God. Furthermore, when Jesus declares someone to be saved, they are saved indeed. The Father has entrusted all judgment to the Son, and no one can contradict him. If we have been saved, we do not need to worry or fear anymore. We are free to follow in the way.
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you that you entered the world to save sinners, for I am one. I confess that I have sinned against God and lived a life of rebellion. Come into my life and speak your truth so that I too may be saved. Then show me what I must do to live out my salvation in new and meaningful ways.