Zacchaeus is a stark contrast to the rich ruler from yesterday. It is his willingness to give up his wealth and make restitution that shows his heart is in the right place. He, just like the crowd says, understands that he is a sinner! But thankfully, Jesus came to seek and save the lost.
Jesus goes on to teach a parable about what it means to be faithful while we are waiting for His return (11-27). Isn’t it interesting that, even though they don’t understand, Jesus continues to teach the disciples lessons that they’ll only figure out later! The main point of this parable is that God has blessed us all, through His Spirit, with certain gifts and abilities.
Romans 12:6-8 “And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith. If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach; if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.“
We are supposed to use those gifts while we are waiting for His return. If we don’t, we will find our walk with God and our ability to serve His kingdom negatively affected (26). Those who completely refuse to acknowledge the king and do his work will ultimately be excluded from the kingdom (27).
Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels!'”