Christ Saves Zaccheus
Don't look upon people as to what they are, rather, what they can be
- THE CHARACTER – Luke 19:1-4
- His name was Zaccheus
- He was a publican – tax collector
- He was rich – perhaps though dishonestly
- He was a short man
- Anxious to see Jesus – "Climbed a sycamore tree"
(Are you anxious to be with Jesus? – Ps. 122:1)
- THE COMMUNION – Luke 19:5-6
- Jesus' orders – "Come down"
(I must abide at your house. Is Jesus at your house?)
- His obedience
- Made haste and came down
- Received Jesus joyfully
- He did not ask any questions or make any excuses, but obeyed
- THE COMPLAINING – Luke 19:7
- The people complained because Jesus took time with a sinner
- Jesus loves "bad people" and wants to save them
- Christians need to be interested in "bad people" and seek to win them to Christ
- Too many Christians feel that they are too good to fellowship with sinners
- THE CONVERSION – Luke 19:8-10
- Gave his money to the poor
(Giving is a good sign of real Christianity)
- Restitution – "Restored fourfold"
(Not only right with God, but right with man)
- Salvation – "Today salvation is come to thy house"
(Yes, Jesus' blood cleanses "bad people," too)
- Christ's mission – v. 10
(Seek and save those that are lost)
Christ had time for Zaccheus, though he was a tax collector, and was hated by others. Christ didn't see the bad – He saw the good