It’s easy to get wrapped up in the thought that Jesus came for the helpless and poor and those who can’t help themselves. Of course, He did come for them. And absolutely, we must be passionate and determined to reach them. However, today we see the dichotomy of people he reached. Jesus didn’t just come for the poor and helpless, he came for the rich and those who don’t think they need a savior. The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost, regardless of their social status. The point is they need a savior.
First we see Jesus have compassion on a blind beggar. The blind beggar had faith that Jesus could and would heal him if he just had the chance. So, as soon as he heard Jesus was walking by he cried out for Jesus. Interesting – Jesus says it is his faith that has healed him…For the blind beggar, Jesus’ compassion was as simple as meeting his most pressing need – sight.
Next, we see Jesus have compassion on a Rich Man. We don’t know that much about Zacchaeus, but we know he was the chief tax collector – known for stealing money from the poor. We don’t know why he wanted to see Jesus so badly, but he did. Thankfully for him – he did. For this rich man, Jesus’ compassion was going to his house and having dinner with him.
We have the opportunity to reach anyone through the same ways Jesus did. For some it may be as simple as meeting a person’s most pressing need. For others, it may mean breaking down social barriers, having dinner with them and investing a little more time into a relationship with them.
Regardless of who they are, the point is – The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. If we are going to be like Jesus, we too must seek and bring to Jesus those who are lost.
Healing a Blind Man
35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 36 When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was going on.37 They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.” 38 So he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front scolded him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 So Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar to be brought to him. When the man came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, let me see again.”42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” 43 And immediately he regained his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they too gave praise to God.
Jesus and Zacchaeus
19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully. 7 And when the people saw it, they all complained, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham! 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Ask God to show you all the people in your life who are lost. Then ask God to show you ways you can reach them. Ask for guidance in being able to meet their needs or invest some time in relationship with them. Ultimately, we want to do what the people who saw Jesus do these things did – we want to worship and praise God because of the lives that are coming to Him. Spend some time today thanking God for your salvation, as well as for those you have already seen come to Christ. Really celebrate it! Worship God!