“’Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.’ And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly. When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner’” (Luke 19:5-7).
Even to a tax-man like Zaccheus, hated and despised by his countrymen, Jesus extended his salvation of grace and mercy. It is another affirmation of the inclusive nature of God’s redemptive purposes; that God’s loving offer of eternal life is to all people, from all walks of life. Sadly, while Zaccheus is described in verse 3 as being small in stature, he isn’t the only small person in the story. The small-minded are those who seek to make salvation into something exclusive; something for those who are religious; deserving. By their own exclusiveness they exclude themselves. When you think of grace, think big.