At the beginning of Revelation, John is instructed by Christ himself to record his marvelous visions and accompany his writings with specific missives to the “seven churches in Asia.” (Rev. 1:4, 11) What’s clear in each of the seven letters is Jesus’s inexorable determination to stir and to strengthen the faith of his children in each church body. It’s no different in the seventh of these letters to the church at Laodicea, in which the Spirit of God seeks to disrupt their leisurely lives with the urgency and currency of the gospel.
The story of Zacchaeus from Luke's Gospel remains ubiquitous in church settings mostly because of the quaint children's ditty that usually accompanies its retelling. The story of the "wee little man," however, is much more significant than we realize, shedding brilliant light on the power of grace and unilateral love — both of which our Savior embodies, for Zacchaeus and for us.