Luke 19:5 ” When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately, I must stay at your house today.’ “

Zacchaeus was a loathed outcast of the Jewish community in his home town of Jericho after he had sold out to became a Tax Collector for the hated Romans. He had heard that this Jesus person was passing through and wanted to catch a glimpse of Him…so he climbed up into a Sycamore-fig tree for a hidden vantage point. But Jesus had other ideas. As He approached the tree Jesus stopped, looked up into the branches and called Zacchaeus by name to come down…and then Jesus shocked the gathered crowd by inviting Himself to his house. Jesus was looking past the sin to see the soul…He was searching the heart and mind of Zacchaeus rather than looking at just the superficial. That’s because Jesus knew the inner man of Zacchaeus and loved him just as he was. And this unconditional love dramatically changed Zacchaeus.

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