Yeshua entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Yeshua was, but because he was short, he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Yeshua was coming that way. When Yeshua reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. (Luke 19:1-6)
But now thus says the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that formed you, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called you by your name; you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)
To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. (John 10:3)
The story of Zaccheus is so special in many ways, for Zaccheus is a man who yearns for acceptance and is willing to face being mocked and losing his reputation as he climbs up a tree. He wants so badly to see Yeshua and as soon as Yeshua CALLS HIS NAME, his response is wholehearted and instant. He opens his home and welcomes Him. What touches me is that Yeshua knows Zaccheus’ name and calls him personally. Yeshua looked right at him, called him, knew his open heart and offered to come to his home. Yeshua has not forgotten YOU, dear friend, or any of us. He looks for the broken hearted with open hearts. He calls us by our name with love and affection. He welcomes us and earnestly desires to come into our lives. Yeshua is calling to each of us: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Rev. 3:20) His love is beckoning us into His presence. No matter how much rejection and pain we have suffered, He welcomes us.