April 18

And he was seeking to see who Jesus was…

Luke 19:3 ESV

We get caught up in thinking about him being short and climbing a tree, but it struck me this morning that he was a seeker. He wasn’t just curious. We know because he finds Jesus and salvation. He joyfully gives up more than half his wealth.

Compare that to the rich young ruler. He was seeking heaven and couldn’t pay the entrance fee. Zacchaeus found the door and entered freely.

Jesus is a seeker too.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Luke 19:10 ESV

Everyone is lost, but they have to recognize it and seek the way out. Even that you don’t have to do on your own. Jesus was seeking Zaccheus at the same time Zaccheus was seeking Jesus.

Finding Jesus meant giving up his wealth and lifestyle. He thrilled to do it. Is it thrilling to you to give up your life to Jesus? You must surrender all.

And for those who don’t really want to find Jesus because He demands their money, their service, what happens? Our reading ended with this about those who didn’t want to surrender to Jesus as their Lord.

“But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign (be Lord) over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.”

Luke 19:27 ESV