He Must Abide
“And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.”
From all eternity the predestinating decree of God Almighty has and will cause the steps of all Christ’s sheep to cross paths with the Gospel.
Christ had come to the place, that particular place, where divine mercy must be bestowed on this son of Abraham: there the Lord Jesus looked up and saw Zacchaeus. He saw him in the eternal covenant that the Triune God had made with himself to save a people whom He had chosen.
He saw Zacchaeus in Adam’s fall, when all mankind was plunged into a headlong race down to into pit. He saw him in his nakedness and blood, unwashed, unsalted, and unpitied (Ezekiel 16:4); but, thanks be to God, He saw him in mercy and said unto him, “Live.”
This child of promise was one for whom He must suffer and die as the divine substitute and sacrificial lamb.
All for whom Christ came to seek and save He calls effectually by name. “Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down.” He came down from his lofty perch of false security and joyfully bowed himself before the Lord of Glory. Christ must abide at his house that day, for an eternal decree so ordered it. For God’s glory and honor and Zacchaeus’ good, Christ must abide.
May God Almighty grant us mercy in Christ’s abiding in our midst.
By Marvin Stalnaker