In our Wednesday morning men’s small group we have been studying the book of Luke. And a few weeks ago we were in chapter 19. At the beginning of that chapter is the account of Jesus and Zacchaeus. And one thing that has always stood out to me in that passage is that Jesus knew Zacchaeus’ name.
We do not know much about Zacchaeus, but from what we do know it is quite probable that he had been ridiculed and rejected all of his life; first of all because of his appearance and then because of his profession. He was a tax collector. When Jesus came by as saw him in the tree, Jesus did more than just look at him. Jesus called him by his name. By calling Zacchaeus by his name, Jesus showed that He knew who he was.
What is even more amazing to me is the fact that Jesus knows my name. And He knows your name. The truth is that Jesus knows a lot more about you than just your name. He knows who you are. He knows what you’re going through, why you’re going through it, and how you feel about it. He knows you better than you know yourself. He cares about you personally.
The name Zacchaeus means “pure or justified one.” And that’s the last thing that comes to mind when you think of a dishonest tax collector. He was anything but pure. And yet Jesus, calling Zacchaeus by name, was saying, “Hey, pure one, I’m coming to your house today for dinner.” In doing that, I believe that Jesus was affirming what He saw in Zacchaeus, not what Zacchaeus was.
Jesus knows everything there is to know about you including what He sees in you. You may be afraid to get close to Jesus because you think he’s going to be upset with you because of all the things you’ve done wrong. But Jesus wants to affirm you. He wants to let you know how much he loves you.
He loves you so much that He died for you on the cross. When the nails were driven into His hands, my name, your name was engraved on His hands. When you get to Heaven, there will be no scars on anyone except Jesus. He’s going to have those scars on His hands for eternity to remind us how much he loves us.
Peace and Blessing,
When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Luke 19:5 (NLT)