I don't know if Zaccheus was a little person or if he was just a little vertically challenged - but I do know that his determination to "see who Jesus was ..." changed his life forever.
There are times in the "historical now" that people remember forever. Times when we remember where we were and what we were doing when a particular event of great magnitude took place. An event that would re-write history or change the way we see the world.
When President Kennedy was shot. When Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot. When CNN brought images of war to everyday television. When the World Trade Center buildings were attacked.
I postulate that for Zaccheus, it was when Jesus came to town. It had to be. What V.I.P. decides to climb a tree just to get a better vantage point? Use connections - perhaps. Use influence - more than likely. Climb a tree - not so much. You wouldn't catch most of us, V.I.P. or not, climbing a tree to see a "celebrity".
But Jesus wasn't just a celebrity in His time. He was speaking words of life. He was healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the blind to see, making lepers whole. Jesus was changing lives - forever.
Just hearing about all of the things Jesus did surely made anyone curious enough to get a glimpse of Him. What intrigues me is that Zaccheus, a well-known dishonest man, a man who forsook his countrymen for the Romans, a rich man (albeit by dishonest gain), wanted to see a man who admitted He didn't even have a place to lay down his head (Luke 9:58). He wanted to see Him so badly, he ran ahead of the crowd, climbed a tree and waited for Jesus to pass by ... Just to get a glimpse of Him. Just to be in Jesus' presence.
Zaccheus was curious to know more about Jesus, even if it only meant just getting a glimpse of Him. Zaccheus was willing to do whatever it took to get closer to Jesus. Despite the fact Zaccheus had yet to change his ways, Jesus saw that he was earnestly seeking Him. Jesus saw Zaccheus' extra effort. Jesus saw it and Jesus honored it. He called him by name and told him He wanted to have fellowship with him.
Wherever you are in life, Jesus sees you. Jesus sees me. He sees our efforts. And when our efforts are all geared toward Him, He sees it. Even if we haven't repented of everything we've done, if we seek Jesus - He sees us. We don't have to have it all together, we just need to do everything in our power to get close to Him. He will see it. He will honor it. He will call us by name and fellowship with us.
I'm glad Jesus saw me when I was seeking after Him. I'm glad He called my name and I came out of the tree. I'm glad He wanted to be with me in spite of all of my wrong doing. I'm glad that He inspired me to change. I'm glad that my life has never been the same.
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33 NASB)
Just Around the Corner,