Posted by: missionventureministries | May 30, 2019


“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  (Luke 19:10) 

Jesus is stating this, in response to the crowd, which where grumbling that He had gone to be the guest of a man who was a sinner, the chief tax collector, Zaccheus. They did not understand that this was the reason He had come to earth to seek and to save the lost. 

Tax collectors were not popular; they were looked upon as the scum of the earth. They served Rome for personal gain and took unfair advantage of their own countrymen. Zaccheus was not just a tax collector, but a chief tax collector, which made people despise the man even more.  

In light of the public hatred of tax collectors, Jesus picked Levi or Matthew as one of His twelve apostles! This shows Jesus’ love for the lost and the transforming power of His saving grace.  

God was definitely tugging at Zaccheus heart to fight the crowds and finally to climb into that tree so that he could see Jesus. He probably had heard that this Teacher had chosen a tax collector named Levi, to be one of His disciples, and that Jesus socialized with notorious sinners. Perhaps his guilty conscience nagged him, and he thought, “Maybe Jesus could forgive my sins.”  

Jesus Himself plainly taught, “No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” (John 6:44) And again He repeats it in the same context, “No one can come to Me, unless it has been granted him from the Father” (John 6: 65). If Zaccheus was in that tree to seek Jesus, it was because the Father was drawing him to Jesus. 

Jesus easily could have passed under that tree and never looked up. The crowd was all around Him as He was passing through Jericho (Luke 19:1), on His way to Jerusalem and the cross (Luke 18:31-34; 19:28). But when our Lord came to the place, He looked up and said, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house” (Luke 19:5). Zaccheus had wanted to see Jesus, but he had no prior knowledge that Jesus wanted to see him! Out of all the people in that great crowd, the Savior focused on this little man; Jesus invited Himself to his house and wanted to talk to Zaccheus personally. 

Have you had an experience, where the Spirit of God was dealing with your soul? Perhaps you were listening to a sermon and you felt that it was being aimed directly at you, and Jesus was calling you personally. Perhaps even now you can hear the Savior calling you and saying, “follow Me.”

Many churches have forgotten the Savior’s purpose, to seek and to save those who are lost. Therefore it is our duty as disciples of Jesus Christ to remember that:

  • Love changes people, that is what Jesus did and it should become our way of emulating the Savior as well.
  • No one is beyond the power of God’s grace to reach the lost. Christ is able to save “to the uttermost.” We should offer the Gospel boldly to the worst and most wicked of sinners, and say, “There is hope.”
  • We see here a picture of Christ’s compassion toward sinners, and His power to change human hearts. We cannot emphasize strongly enough that Jesus stands ready to save those who are ready to receive Him as Lord and Savior.
  • A converted person is a transformed person. People who are genuinely converted will give outward evidence of their inward conversion. A converted sinner will live a life completely different from their former life; and the words of Zacchaeus, “The half of my goods I give to the poor,” are an unmistakable proof that Zacchaeus was a new creature.
  • Our Master’s mission is active, not passive. He doesn’t wait for people to come to Him; He actively seeks the lost in order to save them. Therefore, God can give us both natural and supernatural insight into people so that we might help them.
  • Our ministry must require boldness and not fear, trusting in the Holy Spirit to guide us in what He is calling us to do.

We are His disciples, and His mission is our mission. Rescuing souls from an eternity in the Lake of Fire is the greatest purpose of the universe, time and eternity. True men and women of God and servants of Jesus yearn as He does to “seek and save the lost.”

As Charles Thomas Studd wrote: “Two little lines I heard one day, traveling along life’s busy way; bringing conviction to my heart, and from my mind would not depart; only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”


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