He may not be your traditional "Christmas story" character, but he moved something we all relate to so he could make room for Jesus. Zacchaeus left his insecurity on the ground when he climbed up to see Jesus.
And if the years of mocking weren't enough, the fact that he was smart invited more disdain, magnified by getting the position of chief tax collector. It would've been one place Zacchaeus got to be the powerful one, and he probably couldn't help making the most of it in the midst of the tall jesters ... thus, he gathered his wealth. Mocked and despised, the last thing he would've wanted to do would be to climb up high where a whole crowd to take a shot at him. But Jesus ...
Jesus was passing by, and the loner tax collector wanted to see who He was; money couldn't buy a ticket for that front row seat. The wee little man set aside his insecurities so he could see Jesus, and he did. In fact, Jesus paused under his perch to speak to him ... not mocking, and the Teacher ended up at Zacchaeus' house. But you know that if you've sung the song about the wee little man.
Zacchaeus had his heart changed that day as he embraced the true Messiah and Jesus embraced the man's faith. "Today salvation has come to this house," (Lk. 19-10) Jesus said. He may've been small of statue, but he was big of faith, and that's what mattered to Jesus. That's why He came.
What keeps you from getting where you need to be to see Jesus? Old messages spoken by a relative? Suggestions from a high school classmate? An unaccepting glance from a co-worker? The whispering of the Enemy who knows where you feel "wee"? If we're to make room for Jesus in our hearts and lives, we have to leave our insecurities behind, daily, over and over, and confidently climb to where we need to be to see Jesus. Then, when we see who He is .... invite Him in.
- What insecurities are keeping you from getting to Jesus this Christmas?
- Will you leave them on the ground?
- Are you worried about what others will say, or are you just wanting to know what Jesus says?