"Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he..." Last Sunday, we looked at the story of Zacchaeus and realized the children's song is really quite far from the truth of who Zacchaeus really was. Zacchaeus was a tax collector and really seen as quite a wicked and evil man. Through Jesus sharing the gospel with Zacchaeus, we see more truths to apply on our study of evangelism.
We must know the Gospel is for great, wicked, evil sinners. Zacchaeus was evil and hated. He was far from the cute little man we envision in the children's song. He was in a category with scam artists, drug dealers and the mofia. He was hated, but the gospel was still for him. There is no one who is beyond saving. We see how Jesus was interested in Zacchaeus and sought him out. He told him he was coming to his house today. He didn't ask about a good time, but said he was coming now.
The gospel displays a scandelous grace. Zacchaeus was considered "less than human". Jesus did what Zacchaeus could not do for himself. Faith invites a repentence and repentence shows faith's presence. This transformation in Zacchaeus's life shows how he wants to change and that he does change. Through the power of the gospel, people can change.
We must continue to proclaim that Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost. Today, salvation has come!