Zacchaeus encounters Jesus with no miracles, no wonders and no preaching. Just through Jesus’ life and wisdom. Zacchaeus an outsider, wealthy but alone has an encounter with Jesus that radically alters his life.
Jesus was never looking at the walls of the city as he entered in Luke 19. The walls of Jericho were nothing compared to the people who lived inside. Jesus’ spies Zacchaeus up a tree and knows that his heart longs for more.
Jesus asks for hospitality, ignoring the criticisms from the crowd. It is the everyday relationship that we can have with Jesus that Zacchaeus longed for.
There is simplicity in the nature of the Zacchaeus perspective.
Matthew 22:36-39 gives us a simple direction for life everyday with Jesus
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment.And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
God is interested in the surrendered life, all of it. Warts and all. Are you willing to express that love to everyone, even the Zacchaeus, warts and all?