And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”
Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he
He climbed up in a sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see
And when the Savior passed that way He looked up in the tree
And said, ‘Zacchaeus, you come down!
For I’m going to your house today! For I’m going to your house today!’
Zacchaeus was a wee little man but a happy man was he
For he had seen the Lord that day and a happy man was he;
And a very happy man was he.
Zacchaeus is a favorite story and song of Sunday school and Vacation Bible School.
Because of his short stature and ability to climb trees, he is a favorite of children.
Before he met Jesus, he was a thief. As a tax collector, he collected a little extra for himself, getting rich in the process.
Jesus was an object of curiosity that Zacchaeus wanted to see. As Jesus passed He called him out to stay at his house.
This led to Zacchaeus repenting – “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” Luke 19:8
Salvation is not by works.
He knew he had done wrong and his statement shows a change of heart.
True salvation is followed with a heart-felt change to serve God and do what is right and good.