“And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.” (Luke 19:5-6)
Jesus’ miracles did not go unnoticed. Many people had heard about him, including a man named Zacchaeus. When he found out that Jesus was passing through his city, he was determined to go and see this man for himself. But Zacchaeus had a problem: he was too small in stature to look over the heads of the attending crowds and his job as a tax collector
for the Romans had made him so unpopular that people would not let him through. The only way to see Jesus was to climb a tree!
When Jesus was walking by, He looked up to Zacchaeus and told him to come down, “for I must stay at your house today”. This was much more than Zacchaeus had expected: he just wanted to see Jesus, but now Jesus was coming to his house! However, Zacchaeus received his unexpected guest joyfully. His conversation with Jesus makes clear that
he also received Jesus in his heart.
In a letter to the church of Laodicea, Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” (Revelation 3:20) He wants to dwell in our heart.
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