Luke 19:1-10 (KJV)

1   And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2   And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3   And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4   And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5   And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6   And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7   And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8   And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9   And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Zaccheus worked as a chief tax collector for the Roman government.

His profession caused him to be despised by his fellow Jews.

When Jesus sought him out and asked to visit his home, the crowd was dismayed—the Lord was associating with someone whose conduct made him a sinner in their eyes.

The Savior responded, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

The word lost is a biblical term used to describe the spiritual situation of everyone who has yet to receive Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior. In this state, a person is separated from God—there is physical life but no spiritual connection to the heavenly Father.

Lost doesn’t have to do with physical location; it speaks instead of spiritual deadness (Eph. 2:1), when the mind is blind to the truth of God.

Man’s sinfulness was established through the disobedient action of the first human being—Adam.

When he supported Eve’s plan and disobeyed God, his nature became one of rebellion, and all generations from then on have inherited his sinful flesh tendencies.

Everyone is born into this world with a nature bent away from God (Rom. 5:12).

Zaccheus was a sinner because of his lost condition, not because of his greedy profession.

Good behavior doesn’t make us a Christian, nor does bad conduct disqualify us.

The tax collector received salvation through faith in Jesus.

By trusting in Christ as Savior, we, like Zaccheus, are no longer lost; we’re made spiritually alive. Hallelujah!

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