Many people view the Bible as a big book full of big words. However, in most cases it’s the overlooked, little words that carry the most profound meaning. By taking the time to look at not just what was stated, but how it was stated, you will glean new depth and revelation concerning what may have become a very familiar passage. This is most certainly the case in today’s text.
Today’s verse says that Jesus come to ‘the place’ where Zacchaeus was. This, at first, may seem like a very minute detail. But, when you take the time to think about how easy it would have been to make this statement any other way you’ll realize that there’s definitely some intentionality behind it. Luke could have just as easily said that Jesus came to ‘a place’ or ‘a tree’ but instead the writer made it very clear that Jesus came to ‘the place’ where He would encounter Zacchaeus. In other words, Jesus didn’t just randomly stumble upon some short guy in a tree. No, He had an intentional divine encounter with a man who was seeking Him.
When you understand the profound distinction between the simple prepositions ‘a’ and ‘the’, you’ll come to the realization that Jesus is intentional in His pursuit of the lost. You were that lost person at one time. You remember ‘the place’ where He found you. You remember, in great detail, the circumstances and environment you were in. Do you see the difference? The place where you had your divine encounter isn’t just any place to you, it’s ‘the place’ where the Savior touched and changed you forever. Jesus isn’t done being intentional with you. He still wants you to experience Him in greater and more powerful ways. When you choose to put effort into seeking Him, He will meet you in ‘the place’ where you are. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff