19: He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 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.”
To the consternation of many, Jesus talked to everyone. The poor, the downcast, the Pharisee, and sinners (according to the Jewish culture of the day.) Christ purposefully chose Zacchaeus to demonstrate the breadth of how people could live and yet still enter heaven.
They did not have to adhere to the Sabbath. They could have money and not have to bribe the priestly class to gain entry to paradise. They could be farmers, fishermen, carpenters, soldiers, rulers, and tax collectors.
Zacchaeus knew the general impression of a tax collector during that time. They skimmed what they could and took advantage of every situation possible. Therefore, he quickly told Jesus how he was going to repay any wrongs.
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