Suggested further reading: John 7:45-52
No one is too bad to be saved or beyond the power of Christ's
grace. We are told of a wealthy tax collector becoming a disciple of
Christ. A more unlikely event we cannot well imagine! We see the
camel passing through the eye of the needle and the rich man entering
the kingdom of God (Matt. 19:23-24). We see a plain proof that
all things are possible with God. We see a covetous tax collector
transformed into a generous Christian.
The door of hope that the gospel reveals to sinners is very
wide open. Let us leave it as open as we find it. We should never be
afraid to maintain that Christ is able to save to the uttermost (Heb.
7:25), and that the vilest of sinners May be forgiven freely if they will
only come to him. We should offer the gospel boldly to the worst and
the wickedest (Isa. 1:18). Such doctrine Mayseem to the worldly
as foolish and a licence for evil. But such doctrine is the gospel of
him who saved Zacchaeus at Jericho. There are no incurables under
the gospel. Any sinner May be healed if he will only come to Christ.
A soul's salvation Mayturn on little and insignificant
things. Curiosity, and only curiosity, seems to have been the motive
of Zacchaeus' mind (v. 3). That curiosity once aroused,
Zacchaeus was determined to gratify it. Rather than not see Jesus, he ran
along the road and climbed up a tree. Upon that little action, as far
as man's eyes can see, hinged the salvation of his soul.
We must never despise the day of small things (Zech. 4:10).
We must never reckon anything little that concerns the salvation of
a soul. The ways by which the Holy Spirit leads men and women
are wonderful and mysterious. He is often beginning a heart-work
that shall stand for eternity when a looker-on observes nothing
marvellous. Whenever we see little signs let us be hopeful. Let us not
look on a man coldly because his motives are poor. It is far better to
hear the gospel from wrong motives than not to hear it at all. He May
go on to receive Christ.
For meditation: The excitement of living as Christians is that
a simple word or action can be the very thing God will use to
bring someone else to himself.