“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”” (Luke 19:5, NIV84)
Over the last couple decades a very popular term has arisen in Christian circles. That term is “Seeker”. It is used to describe the interested non-Christian, or marginal Christian, who is searching for purpose and meaning. Churches have been built to honor the pursuit of seekers. Their entire ministry is focused on meeting the needs of those who are seeking God. In our text today, Zacchaeus (a man of small stature) is seeking an opportunity to see Jesus as He comes to his town to visit and to teach. Zacchaeus was familiar with Jesus’ reputation. He didn’t want to miss what might be the only opportunity to see this much-talked-about prophet. So he follows the crowd looking for an opportunity, but can’t seem to find a crack in the mob. So he runs ahead and climbs into a tree so that He might have a bird’s-eye view of Jesus as He passes by. But then the strangest thing happens. Something that Zacchaeus could never have expected. Jesus walks up to the tree that Zacchaeus is in, looks up, and says, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Wait a minute! Who was seeking whom? Who was in pursuit of whom? Jesus walks up to a tree, looks up, and calls Zacchaeus by name. It seems that Jesus is seeking Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus must have been stunned to hear his name come out of Jesus’ mouth. And what an amazing request, “…come down immediately. I must stay at your house today. My friends, Jesus loves you so much that He is in constant pursuit of a relationship with you. He knows you by name. He knows where you are. He will use every method possible to let you know that He is seeking you! What wonderful news to take with us today. We have a God who loves us so much that He would come down to our world. He would touch our lives. He would suffer and die for anything that separates us from Him. He would call us by name and bring us into His kingdom. Know today that God is seeking you!