Luke 19: 1-10 – Jesus and Zacchaeus
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector [a superintendent to whom others reported], and he was rich. Zacchaeus was trying to see who Jesus was, but he could not see because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So, he ran on ahead [of the crowd] and climbed up in a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.
When Jesus reached the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So Zacchaeus hurried and came down and welcomed Jesus with joy. When the people saw it, they all began muttering [in discontent], “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a [notorious] sinner.”
Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “See, Lord, I am [now] giving half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone out of anything, I will give back four times as much.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he, too, is a [spiritual] son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Luke 23:8-12 – Jesus Sent to Herod
When Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly pleased. He had wanted to see Him for a long time because of what he had heard about Him, and was hoping to see some [miraculous] sign [even something spectacular] done by Him. And he questioned Him at some length, but Jesus made no reply. The chief priests and the scribes were standing there, continually accusing Him heatedly. And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking and ridiculing Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. Now that very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other—before this they had been enemies.
1. Zacchaeus wanted to see who Jesus was, while Herod wanted to see him because he had heard about him. Do you desire to know God, or do you only know about him? When you desire to know God, then you seek him with everything you have. The Word says those who seek him will find him. On the other hand, people who just know about him are able to seek and find him if only they spend time in the word and develop a personal relationship with God as opposed to relying on spiritual authority I.e. Pastors ,Prophets etc. for spiritual growth.
2. Zacchaeus’ story is one of sacrifice. Not even his physical limitations could hinder him in getting to know who Jesus was. People like Zacchaeus constantly live surrendered lives. On the other hand, Herod was looking for a miracle to align with what he had heard, and such people are those who have conformed to worldly desires. You can quote all the speeches by great men and women of God, but you must seek revelation for yourself. Some people seek the hand and not the giver, while Zacchaeus sought the giver and not the hand.
3. Zacchaeus climbed a tree to deal with his physical limitations, and Herod questioned Jesus to justify what he had heard about him. Zacchaeus’ actions led to Jesus speaking to him, while Jesus was quiet before Herod. Anytime you go into the presence of God, seek his heart and not his hand. Could it be that our prayers are not answered because we have forgotten to pray for souls to be saved and are busy praying for houses, cars, land, etc.?
4. Zacchaeus welcomed Jesus with joy and the crowd murmured, while Herod treated Jesus with contempt and the crowd cheered him to go on. It’s okay not to be cheered by the world because the world recognizes flesh, but we who are seekers of God die to flesh and are alive in spirit. Therefore, the world will accuse us, but take heart—the Lord has already won the battle, and he promised never to leave us or forsake us.
5. Salvation came to Zacchaeus’ house, while Herod and Pilate—who were great enemies—became friends. It’s better to lose everything but keep your soul. Zacchaeus’ life changed forever, and his household too, because there was so much joy. On the other hand, common enemies united, making worldly connections.
6. Herod had an opportunity to know who Jesus was but missed out on making the most of it, while Zacchaeus created the opportunity when he went against the odds and climbed the tree to see Jesus.
As you embrace your position as a leader, your team will carry who you are to its members. A team led by an arrogant person will, with time, result in members who become arrogant with one another. Herod was sarcastic and treated Jesus with insults and contempt in front of the priests and lawmakers, the temple guards, etc. This carried over to the people, as they made Jesus carry the cross to the place of the skull and to his death. Therefore, to build good teams, check yourself first.