A Lost Person
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a 'sinner.' " But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount." Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house,because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
We all know the Bible story of Zacchaeus. It is recorded in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 19, verses 1 to 10.
In the last verse of the passage we see that Jesus’ goal was evangelism- For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. This is Jesus’ mission when he came into our world.
Who are the lost? As it is illustrated by the parable of the lost sheep, they are those who have wandered away from the Shepherd. That is, 1. Those who don’t know our Lord; 2. Those whose life does not connect with our Lord.
Some lost people do not know they are lost; some know but have no clue on how to find their way home. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (Jn 14:6) Anyone who has not found Jesus has not found their way home.
In 1984 my employer moved our family from Canada to Singapore for 2 years. When our son Justin was 2 years old, my parents visited us. One day Tehwan took my parents and Justin sight seeing and they came to pick me up after work. When I came down to meet them they all looked panicky, because our son Justin was nowhere to be found. We spread out to look for him, searching the many shops there. For a 2-year old these shops must have been like a maze. If we couldn’t find him, he wouldn’t be able to find us. Finally we found him in a toy store, obviously attracted by the toys. The store keepers said Justin was not anxious at all. He didn’t behave like a boy who was lost.
Like my son Justin, before we were saved we also didn’t know we were lost, that is why Jesus had to come into this world to find us and to save us.
In today’s story it looks like Zacchaeus was looking for Jesus, but in fact it was Jesus who looked for Zacchaeus. By man’s effort alone a man cannot find God. It is because our God never stops seeking us, so we have the opportunity to be saved. Let us learn from Jesus’ example how to reach people for Jesus.
May we be found and be saved. May we be found in the sanctuary of the Lord praising
Him for His grace.
Tom and Tehwan Tso
“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效， 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1：9