Luke 19:1-10 – “Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”
8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” NKJV
I find the last few words of Jesus to Zacchaeus most compelling. He said, “…for the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which WAS LOST.” [Emphasis mine]. That corresponds with the truth that is woven throughout the New Testament concerning the Victory of Jesus at the Cross and Resurrection. That which WAS LOST not that which is lost. Do not misunderstand, I am not saying that people are not lost but that Jesus is making a declaration prior to His becoming the sacrifice for the sin of the world. He is speaking prophetically and looking ahead in time in the natural. However, in the Spirit Realm, He sees it as an accomplished fact. He saw the devil defeated and man redeemed and/or rescued from the legal dominion of the devil. Jesus is seeking that which was formerly in the clutches of the devil but now rightfully belongs to God, the creator and He is seeking that lost property or soul.
I believe the vastness of John 3:16 when it says, “WHOSOEVER…” I believe the vastness of John in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I believe in the completeness of Romans 10:10, “…for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” I believe in the fullness and inclusiveness of the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” I believe that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive them and in that act of forgiveness we experience the New Birth and become new creations. We once were lost in sin but Jesus took us in. We were aliens and strangers but now sons and daughters. I believe!
Today is the day of Salvation! Now is the Accepted Time! If you feel the tugs at your heart then I urge you to respond to His call and know that He will not cast you aside. You are welcome to enter through the doorway into the Kingdom of God.
God bless you as you go through this beautiful day!