15 Nov 2016
It’s a common theme we see in stories, literature, and the movies: two people in search of one another, they face obstacles that separate them, and then finally they’re united (or reunited). And we see this very clearly in the story of Zacchaeus and Jesus.
Now, we usually focus on the crowd as an obstacle, and then we look to their coming together. But how they came to be together has to be noted. Zacchaeus was “seeking to know who Jesus was.” But this is echoed later on when we see that Jesus, too, was seeking. Zacchaeus didn’t have to shout out to catch Jesus’ attention—Jesus was already looking for him.
And this is a theme that runs throughout Scripture, and throughout human history, really: God in search of his children, his lost sheep. It started in the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve hid themselves, and God had to go searching: “My children, where are you?” And we have the Prodigal Son, whose father “saw him from a distance,” because he was looking for his lost child. And then we have Jesus who came “to seek and to save what was lost.”
God is actively looking for us. But he won’t find us unless we make our hearts known to him. That’s what Zacchaeus did when he climbed the tree. That’s what Adam and Eve did when they stepped out from behind the tree. That’s what the Prodigal Son did when he turned around and went home. They were signals to God that said, “I want to be found by you, God.”
God is searching for us, always. How are we letting him know that we want to be found?