But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:9-10)
Zacchaeus sought Jesus, determined to meet Him. Jesus chose to interact with Zacchaeus- He valued him when other did not. Zacchaeus was transformed after meeting Jesus and he was willing to change. Zacchaeus believed. Jesus forgave Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was saved.
Just like we can all relate to Jonah because we have disobeyed God and become angry with God, but know that we can never go so far from Him that He stops loving us or providing for us; we can also relate with Zacchaeus because we are all sinners and we have all fallen short of the glory of God. Zacchaeus is a sinner but he is also a seeker. God loves Zacchaeus despite his sin just as He loves us. Jesus saves Zacchaeus because He came to save the lost.
Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. (John 12:44)