And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. Luke 19:2
Here we see another story of a man seeking Jesus. Notice this man was not only a tax collector for the Romans, he was the chief tax collector. This man was public enemy number 1 for Israel, so how did Jesus react to such a vile man?
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. Luke 19:5
Zaccheaeus was a short man but he was determined to see the Lord Jesus. So he climbed a tree to get a better view. When Jesus saw him in that tree, he didn’t rebuke him, he asked to come to his house!
The people were angry, “Who does Jesus think he is hanging out with chief sinners like Zacchaeus”? Remember Jesus didn’t come for the righteous he came to save the sinners!
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; 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 him fourfold. Luke 19:8
First notice it says Zacchaeus received Jesus joyfully (Luke 19:6) Next look what Zacchaeus did , he gave back to anyone he cheated out of money and gave to the poor, in other words he repented
And Jesus said unto him, 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 was lost. Luke 19:9-10
Jesus declared Zacchaus is now saved, he is no longer a Gentile but a Child of God. All because the grace and blood of Jesus Christ! Jesus came to save the lost Amen!