Luk 19:1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
Luk 19:2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
Luk 19:3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
Luk 19:4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
Luk 19:5 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.
Luk 19:6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
Luk 19:7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
Luk 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
Zacchaeus attitude about his sin is exactly what God wanted to hear. As he explained to our Lord that he was going to give half of what he had to the poor and would restore four fold to the people that he had wronged and stolen from. It was then that Jesus said that salvation had come to his household. God saw his heart and realized that he had repented of his sin and had turned to Christ. What a perfect example of what Christians should be. Zacchaeus didn’t receive that admonishment when Christ came to his house and he didn’t receive it when he dined with Christ. It was when he made a proclamation of his intention of what he was going to do with his sin that Christ made it clear salvation had come to his house.