At Martinsburg Church of Bruin, we value (and love) those who need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Speaking of Jesus, the Bible tells us, “… the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).” We see this truth come alive in one of the most familiar accounts in all of scripture.
As Jesus came to Jericho, he looked up and saw Zacchaeus looking down on him from a tree. The Lord called to him, saying, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I will abide at thy house (Luke 19:5).” Zacchaeus quickly came down from the tree and went to his house to prepare for the Lord’s visit.
This caused great murmuring among the people of Jericho (Luke 19:7). Zacchaeus was Jewish and the Commissioner of Taxes in Jericho. This position allowed him to amass great wealth, much of it on the backs of his own people. Because of this, Zacchaeus and his fellow (Jewish) tax collectors were deeply despised by the people.
Although the Bible does not elaborate specifically on what transpired during the time that Jesus visited with Zacchaeus, a definite personal and spiritual change took place in the life of Zacchaeus as a result. In Luke 19:8, the Bible tells us this, “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him four fold.”
In the presence of Jesus and those assembled, Zacchaeus made a public confession as to his prior practices in life and business and his commitment to change and make things right. Seeing and hearing this, Jesus responded immediately in Luke 19:9-10, “And Jesus said unto him (Zacchaeus), this day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as (Zaccheaus) is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.”
As Christ demonstrated forgiveness and salvation to Zacchaeus, we are to preach and teach the same to others who are outside of Christ. Man’s universal need for salvation is one of the clearest teachings of the Bible. Salvation is what Christ is all about! This is why he died that horrific death at Calvary over 2000 years ago. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).” May we never tire of holding in value and love, those who need to hear and grasp onto the message of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. May the love of Christ richly bless all of you.