“Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” - Luke 19:9-10
Salvation is the fruit of the coincidence of two seeking events. God seeking a lost soul and a lost soul seeking God. Most of the seeking comes from God of course, it has to. Ever since the Garden of Eden mankind has been inclined to hide from God, lost in the guilt and shame of sin. Thankfully, God was not content with this situation, so figuratively, He came looking for us.
Jesus is the eyes of God to seek us out. Imagine the situation: Jesus walking amongst a crowd. His eyes scan the people looking for the one who is looking for him. He looks to the left and to the right, near and far, the crowd constantly jostling and moving and then He looks up and sees him. There he is! He’s the one! It’s Zacchaeus in a tree! There are sinners everywhere, they all need saving. They are all lost, but one is singled out. But why Zacchaeus?
Simply this; there is a coincidence of seeking. Zacchaeus’ sincerity in seeking, is proved by his response to Jesus’ invitation to him. Immediately he acts according to true repentance. What a moment when their eyes would have met! Jesus wanting to find and save, Zacchaeus to be found and saved. Blessed was the one desperate and excited enough to climb a tree to get a look at Jesus. Blessed still today is one desperate enough to look...their eyes are bound to meet those of the Lord.
Thank you Lord that You found me. I was lost but You did not leave me there. When I looked for You, I found You, because You were already looking for me. Our eyes met! I praise You. Amen.
The eyes of Jesus are still searching for those who will look for Him. Pray that He will lead you to those who are climbing that tree, to those whose looking is sincere, to those whose salvation is coming!