In Jericho, Jesus had one final encounter (160). Zacchaeus, a wealthy chief tax collector there, wanted to see Jesus. But he was a short man & couldn’t get a good look at Jesus over the crowd. So Zacchaeus ran on ahead & climbed a sycamore tree, still hoping to see Jesus when he passed by.
When Jesus came by, he looked up into the tree & said, “Come on down, Zacchaeus. I’m going to visit your home today.” Zacchaeus hurried down the tree & welcomed Jesus with great joy.
The people in the crowd hated tax collectors, so when they saw this they started grumbling: “How can Jesus go as a guest to the home of a sinner like Zacchaeus?”
But Zacchaeus stood up & said to Jesus, “Listen, sir, I will give half my belongings to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much.”
Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Salvation has come to your house today. I have come to seek & save lost descendants of Abraham, just like you.”
(160) Luke 19:1-10