“And there was a man named Zacchaeus … and he was seeking to see who Jesus was” (v2-3). Tax collectors like Zacchaeus were known for their corruption and therefore despised by ordinary people. Yet when Jesus came near, instead of running away, Zacchaeus “was seeking” to know him. Jesus recognized his humble, eager searching (to the extent of climbing a tree) and offered to visit his house. Zacchaeus, despite his reputation and his sins, “received him joyfully” (v6).
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost” (v10). Like Zacchaeus, when we eagerly desire to know Christ, we find that He was already searching for us.