Mar 18, 2018

A Little Man Meets A Big God - Luke 19:1-10

READ: Luke 19:1-10 

3 points we see in scripture:

I. The Searching Sinner (19:2-4)

II. The Seeking Savior (19:5)

III. The Spectacular Salvation (19:6-10)

1. The Searching Sinner (2-4)

In verse two we see that Zacchaeus was a very important man. He had a good job/wealthy. Even though Zacchaeus is wealthy and successful by the world’s standards he knew something was missing. Scripture doesn’t say that Zacchaeus just wanted to see Jesus. No. He wanted to see who Jesus was. He wanted to figure out what it was that made Jesus different from everyone else. Zacchaeus didn't fully understand what was going on in his heart but he had a desperate need to get to Jesus. 

Zacchaeus had two problems that day....#1-He was a short man. #2-Zacchaeus sins were keeping him from Jesus. Isaiah 59:2 say that “our iniquities (sins) have separated us from God.” verse 4: “So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.” Zacchaeus did not allow anything, not the crowd or his condition to stand between him and his desire to see the Lord Jesus. What about you?  Do you care enough about your relationship with the Lord to do whatever it takes to get to Him. Are you willing to turn from the sin? Are you ready to walk away from the crowd in order to see Jesus? Are you ready to run to Him?

2. The Seeking Savior (5)

Vs. 5 “When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” While He was headed toward the Cross, He stops and ministers to a searching sinner. He knew right where Zack was because He knew all about him and He had compassion on him. Jesus made the first move by coming to zack and offering him life. We would never be able to come to Jesus unless He came to us first.

3. The Spectacular Salvation(6-10)

Verse 6 tells us, “So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.” With all that God has done for us we should be filled with joy as well! Yet too often our faces are fallen, our hearts are heavy, our minds are muddled with cares and concerns. Before Zacchaeus met Jesus his moneyvwas everything to him.vAfter he met Jesus his moneyvtook a back seat. I once heard it said “If you own something that you cannot give away, then you don’t own it, it owns you.”

The mission of Jesus is very clearHe came to seek and save what was lost. Jesus is still on a search and save mission today. He is seeking out people who need to be saved.

Revelation 3:20 says that, “…If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” He wants to have a relationship with you. Right now, He’s outside the door of your life knocking. Can you hear Him?

Zacchaeus went through 4 stages - which apply to our lives:

  1. Curious. He wanted to get to know who Jesus was.

  2. Considered. He investigated the claims of Christ.

  3. Converted. The searching Savior saved him and forgave his sins.

  4. Changed. His life was radically changed after he met Jesus.

Jesus is calling your name right now. Will you respond? Will you abandon it all for Him?

Come chase after Him.

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