“God loves us all, both big and small,” a child’s verse declares. The sins of the world are covered. We are able to stand tall before God our righteous judge because in the person of Jesus “salvation has come to this house”—to our house today. In Christ Jesus God seeks us out to save us.
1Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus, because he was going to pass that way. 5When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to Zacchaeus, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6So he hurried down and was happy to welcome Jesus. 7All who saw it began to grumble and said, “Jesus has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 9Then Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to this house, because Zacchaeus too is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son-of-Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”