Originally published Monday, 16 March 2015.
I remember when I was young, I went to the PGA US Open when it was held near my town.
Amidst the thousands of people,
amidst my sister who turned into a lunatic,
amidst people pushing and shoving,
I remember tottering on my tippy toes just to see.
I just wanted to see the world famous Tiger Woods.
I knew that I wouldn't really get a hello from him or a handshake - there were too many people and he was too famous. I was too average and he was too important.
But I just wanted to grab a look.
Wasn't it similar for Zacchaeus?
And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. (Luke 19:3-4)
He just wanted to see.
He knew he was small.
He knew he was guilty.
He knew he was unworthy.
But, he just wanted to see the man who had power.
He wanted to cast his eyes on the one who could entirely change the game. So much so, that little Zacchaeus went to new heights - in a tree- to see new depths - in the an unforseen King.
Jesus rewarded this "go-to-any-lengths-mentality."
Jesus rewarded this heart that wants to view his glory.
Jesus rewarded this will to see from a new view.
Jesus rewards a simple desire to see.
Jesus responds in such a different way than any earthly celebrity would.
He is less concerned about his destination (Lu. 19:1), and more concerned about salvation.
He halts all his plans, just to to see one man everyone probably hates - and he turns it into a opportunity to heal.
Can you imagine for a moment how it is being in a crowd of people? Jesus would not be able to see ahead or behind him, but Jesus knew the only way he needed to be looking - was up.
He never had the need for speed, but instead had a deep desire to fill an aching need. He stopped, he saw and then he went the extra distance and met the man in the most intimate of places - his home.
Jesus saw the one who truly needed eyes to see.
He put his plans on pause, for a greater cause.
He saw the need of the moment, rather than the plan of the hour.
He saw what no one else wanted to see - "the sinner". (Lu. 19:7)
Zacchaeus had eyes to see.
Jesus had eyes to see.
Do we seek to see Jesus from new perspectives?
Do we give all our heart to find him?
Do we risk climbing difficult trees to seek him?
And, what do we see in the midst of the hustle and bustle?
What do we see in the spaces between our to-do list action items?
What do we see in the faces of those we love?
Because, when we stop to see, what we often end up with is a great visit
by the great Comforter -
who never ceases to leave us unchanged.
He knows our needs and ministers to our hearts.
Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today. (Lu. 19:5)
I want Jesus to visit me in my house, don't you?
Because a visit from Jesus, changes our hearts, our minds and our lives as nothing else can.
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Lu. 19:9)
What does Jesus stand ready to give you when you only seek to see?