Sunday, June 15, 2008

Jesus speaks to Zacchaeus

The Great Commission

Part 22 – Jesus Speaks to Zacchaeus

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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Jesus speaks again of His Death


Luke 19:1 – 10 Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a 'sinner.' "

8 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."

9 Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."



a. Zacchaeus wanted to see who Jesus was.

i. Zacchaeus was a tax collector AND wealthy…

ii. Money never satisfies the spiritual thirst of the human heart.

iii. A hungry, seeking heart will always find the Lord.

b. When other people (crowds) prevented that, he went ahead and climbed a tree.

i. He did not allow people to stand in his way

ii. He didn’t give up when he met opposition

iii. He was determined, and did what it took to see Jesus

c. Let nothing stand between you and seeing the Lord.

i. We come against negative family members

ii. We come against negative friends

iii. We meet opposition when seeking the Lord

iv. Jesus tells us as much in the parable of the sower and the seed


a. Jesus told Zacchaeus He must spend the day at his house.

i. Jesus commanded as a King

1. The Word of Jesus is all it takes

ii. Jesus spoke to him personally…saying his name.

1. He knows us by name

iii. Jesus humbled him…Come down.

1. Jesus seeks the humble, but resists the proud

iv. It was immediate…today.

1. Today…Jesus wastes no time when it comes to salvation

v. Vs. 6 says, “So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly”

1. Proper response to the Lord’s call

vi. Moral effect of conversion…

1. Conversion has a moral effect on us

b. The people murmured (as always) that “Jesus has gone to be a guest of a sinner.”

c. We need to see to the “Higher Good” and ignore earthly instruction.

d. Jesus NEVER catered to public whim, prevailing opinion, or conventional wisdom.

The kingdom of God is not a democracy.

Many churches loose their way because of the installation of voting into the Church which is not biblical.

Prevailing opinion changes, and is moral only on the condition of what society accepts at that moment in time.

The kingdom of God is a theocracy, led by one King, one God and ruler of all.


a. Zacchaeus STOOD (represents action) and SAID (all we can achieve first takes place inwardly, then we speak it into existence)

b. LOOK LORD… His actions were for the pleasing of one person and one person only…Jesus Christ.

c. HERE and NOW Zacchaeus did not wait, he responded here and now.

d. I give ½ my possessions to the poor…unlike the rich young ruler who was saddened at the thought when he spoke to Jesus.

e. And if I have cheated anyone out of anything I will payback 4 times the amount! – Roman law required Fourfold Restitution, but Levitical law demanded the principal and 1/5th added (Numbers 5:7). So he gave FAR MORE than God required of him!

f. Too often God’s people so the least that is required of them instead of the most they could possible do.

g. Zacchaeus imposed a severe measure (Exodus 22:1) thus, he judged himself, and this resulted in true repentant acts!

h. We are told to judge ourselves so that the Lord will not have to judge us. Zacchaeus did just that.

The acts themselves are not repentance…

The acts were outward signs of repentance that has taken place in the heart.

i. An outward sign of an inward decision.

i. Baptism

1. Water Baptism – The water does not wash anything away.

ii. Communion

1. Taking the bread and wine – Jesus told us it’s not what you put into your mouth that defiles you, it’s what comes out…therefore it’s not what you put into your mouth that makes you clean, but what comes out.

2. Life and death are in our tongue, and those who speak will eat the fruit thereof.

iii. Holy Spirit

1. Spiritual Gifts – Spiritual gifts are evidence of the Holy Spirit within us.

iv. Follower of Christ

1. Spiritual Fruits – Spiritual fruits are evidence of our salvation, because we begin to show characteristics of our Lord.


Jesus said: “Today salvation has come to his house, this man who is also a son of Abraham, for the Son of Man came to SEEK and SAVE what was lost.”

Jew and gentile, man and woman, free and slave, Jesus has come to seek and save what was lost to sin. And He continues this today through the Body of Christ, which all followers of Christ are part of.

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