Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:9-10)
This verse comes at the end of the story of the encounter between Zacchaeus and Jesus. “People” had been grumbling that Jesus went to Zacchaeus’ house and spent time with him. Zacchaeus wasn’t liked: as a local tax-collector he worked for the Roman occupying force, and also pocketed some of the money he collected for himself. “Why is Jesus spending time with that sinner?” Thank goodness Jesus does that. The encounter changed Zacchaeus: he began to help the poor, he repaid those he’d defrauded. The story is more important than that though: spending time with Jesus will change us too. We all do things that go against God’s will; we are all “sinners”. Thank God that Jesus spends time with sinners; he wants to spend time with me/with you. Let salvation come to you today.