Zacchaeus was saved because he was lost; this may seem a rather silly thing to say yet it is actually quite profound (even if I say so myself).
Zacchaeus recognised that he had done wrong things in his life especially with money.
He then gave away half of what he had to the poor and actually gave people that he had “ripped off” four times the amount he had stolen (Luke 19 v 8).
So was this why Jesus said he was saved? Was he saved because of these good works?
Jesus stated that He had come to seek and save the lost, and Zacchaeus was a man who was lost.
However he was a man who had a change of heart and a change of mind, you could say he was a man of repentance.
He knew he had done wrong, but he had put it right because of a change of heart.
But he was also a man who made a real effort to get to see and meet with Jesus (Luke 19 v 3 and 4).
I believe Jesus recognised this, He had after all come to seek and save the lost (Luke 19 v 10).
He sought out Zacchaeus and He said he was saved; what a wonderful picture of the love, compassion, forgiveness and mercy of Jesus.
Salvation only comes through Jesus and nothing else; He said no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14 v 6).
Jesus is the only means or vehicle by which man can be saved.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the saving grace freely available to the lost through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.
Luke 19 v 9 and 10…..And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost