Jesus is Seeking You
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” - Luke 19:9-10
Yesterday we saw that Zacchaeus offered to repair the damage he had done as a tax collector by repaying what he stole and giving his possessions to the poor. Today’s passage is Jesus response to the shock of the crowd and to Zacchaeus’ new generosity.
This response was that salvation has come to Zacchaeus’ house, but not for his works. Jesus said it has come because Zacchaeus is a son of Abraham. Jesus is adopting Zacchaeus into the family.
Then Jesus adds that He came to seek and save the lost. This defied some of the expectations people had for the messiah. The Jewish thought at the time was that the messiah would come and overthrow the government and take back the world by force. Yet, here Jesus is saying He came for those that are lost, those that would have been considered to be outside of God’s Kingdom. Jesus is here for people like Zacchaeus, who think they are on the outside and must earn their way to God.
Have you ever felt beyond God’s reach, like you are too far on the outside? Jesus came for you. Whether you are a religious person, or someone who feels too messed up, He came for you. He is seeking you and wants to know you.
Take a few moments and think about how it makes you feel to know that Jesus is seeking you, no matter where you are.
Then, spend some time in prayer, asking God to help break down whatever mental barriers are keeping you from deeper relationship with Him.