by Ivor Powell

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The Home of Zacchaeus: To Seek a Soul (16 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell
Luke 19:1-10

It is thought-provoking that after three and a half years of the most sensational ministry exercised among people, Zacchaeus sought to see "Jesus, who he was." It might be assumed that every person in the country was aware of the identity of the Savior. If this tax-gatherer was unaware of the Lord's reputation, it must be concluded he had confined himself to a world of seclusion. He was the chief of the custom officers and was detested by his countrymen. The official not only collected taxes, he applied pressure to less enthusiastic officials. The statement that said "he was rich" might imply the Romans paid high wages for his services, but the man supplemented his income by extortion. He possessed a beautiful home, but his outlook on life was biased.

Leaving his office one morning, Zacchaeus was jostled by a large crowd of people who said Jesus of Nazareth was approaching. The information aroused curiosity, and since he was unable to see over the heads of the bystanders, he climbed into a tree where his view would be unobstructed. His amazement increased when the great Physician revealed He was about to make a housecall. The Lord saw the man in the tree and said, "Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house." The ancient story reveals details which invite attention.

His Startling Wisdom... Christ knew the publican's name

"And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house" (Luke 19:5). It was remarkable that Jesus knew the stranger's name; they had never previously met. It might be suggested that seeing the man in the tree, Jesus asked questions about him and was told he was an official named Zacchaeus. That idea, though possible, would hardly be conclusive. It seems evident the deci ...

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