Here was this rich tax collector, considered a sinner by his community because of the manner in which he made money, who wanted to see Jesus. We are told he couldn't see Jesus because he was short in stature, so he had to climb a tree to watch Jesus pass him by. Jesus knows who Zacchaeus is, calls him out of the tree and invites himself, and perhaps the hordes with him, to Zacchaeus' house. There is the usual grumbling about Jesus spending time with and going to the home of a sinner, which Zacchaeus hears and rebuts saying he has been honest in all his dealings but promises to give half his possessions away to the poor.
Something drew Zacchaeus to Jesus. I believe Zacchaeus already knew what he was supposed to do before he personally met Jesus, but nonetheless, up the tree he climbed in hopes of seeing this person to whom he was drawn. What tree do we need to climb in order to see what we should be doing?
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