We all grew up with the Sunday song, "Zaccheus was a whee littleman, a whee little man was he..." But the text doesn't say clearly that he was actually shorter than Jesus. In fact, the text is a bit ambiguous. Here is the Greek:καὶ ἐζήτει ἰδεῖν τὸν Ἰησοῦν τίς ἐστιν, καὶ οὐκ ἠδύνατο ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου, ὅτι τῇ ἡλικίᾳ μικρὸς ἦν. (Luke 19:3). 1. "And He was seeking to see Jesus; who he is, and was unable because of the crowd/from the crowd (ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου), because he was of a small stature." 2. KJV:"And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature." 3. NASB: "Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature." Can you really determine from this verse, who was smaller in stature? Was it Jesus or was it Zaccheus? Remember, Zaccheus climbing a tree doesn't prove conclusively that he was smaller than Jesus. It could mean that Jesus was smaller in status and because of the crowd that surrounded him, Zaccheus was unable to see him, so he had to climb a tree to get a better view. And neither does it mean that Zaccheus was taller than everyone else and therefore could see over them and therefore didn't need to climb a tree.