After passing through Jericho, Jesus and the apostles pressed forward toward Jerusalem, which was about seventeen miles away. Among the great multitude of travelers was a chief tax collector named Zacchaeus, who wanted to see Jesus.
There were in that area wild fig trees called sycamores. Since these trees had low limbs, Zacchaeus, being a very short man, ran ahead and climbed up into one for a better chance of seeing Jesus.
This was a great day for Zacchaeus. Not only did he get to see the Messiah, he even entertained Him in his home.
Jesus had a nobler mission than to just eat with a sinner. Upon his conversion, the tax collector showed fruits of his repentance by paying restitution to those whom he had cheated. Jesus stated His mission on earth. “Today salvation has come to this house… for the son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”