And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.…
"Salvation! How? where? What does Christ mean when He says, 'Salvation has come to this house'? Did He preach 'the way of salvation'? If so, we should like to hear what He said." Well, He said this: — That the Son of Man had found the Son of Abraham, acknowledged him as such, and would make it well with him. And was it not salvation from anger, and sorrow, and hardness of heart, to be thus acknowledged? Men of Jericho, this is a son of Abraham; your blessing is his. Society may reject him; but the God of Abraham accepts him. The sons of Abraham may ban one another; but the Son of Man will bless them all. "Son of Man" is a wider and deeper title than "son of Abraham." The Son of Man's love includes all Jews, because it extends beyond them all. Christ acknowledged Zaccheus in a way very comforting to his Jewish and his human heart. But this was the salvation — the creation of a living bond of affection between Zaccheus and that Holy Love in whose presence he stood. In this Presence Zaccheus felt at once that he grew purer, happier, stronger for good, forgiving to those who had despised him, and humble and thankful in that sense of forgiving confidence which Christ's whole manner towards him breathed. When Christ spoke of "salvation," then, He was Himself the salvation of which He spoke.
(T. T. Lynch.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.