WHAT HAPPENED TO ZACCHAEUS

Luke 19:1-10

 

vs 1 Jesus came to Zacchaeus.

 

It was God who initiated contact with Zacchaeus.

It is God who chooses.

 

John 15:16

16    Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,

and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit,

and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall

ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

 

John 15:19

19    If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:

but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you

out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

 

II Th 2:13

13    But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you,

brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the

beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification

of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

 

Eph 1:4

4      According as he hath chosen us in him before the

foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without

blame before him in love:

 

Jesus came to where Zaccaeus was.

It was not by accident, nor coincident. It was on purpose.

 

It is not by accident that you are here this morning.

 

Vs. 2) Zacchaeus was a rich man.

 

He became rich from taking that which was not his.

 

He was a publican - a tax collector.

 

He extracted all he could from people and

gave as little as he could to the agency

which employed him.

He was a rich man but not a happy man.

He had things, but he had no peace.

 

Vs.3 Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was coming.

 

He had heard much about this Jesus. Perhaps he

could learn how to find happiness through an

inspiring speech by this man.

 

He was curious. He wanted to see Jesus.

 

He wanted to hear Jesus speak.

 

So Zaccaeus makes his way through the crowd

to a sycamore tree. He climbs the tree and is able

to see and hear Jesus as he passes by.

 

Today we are so wrapped up in the hustle and

bustle of this world it hard to find a time and

place to allow Jesus access to our busy life.

 

The press crowds us out.

The world with its demands and

pressures allows no time for spiritual matters.

 

And many will spend eternity in the lake of fire,

because they could not find time to meet with Jesus.

 

Faith comes by hearing. At least give God a

chance to speak by listening.

 

Rom 10:13-17

13    For whosoever shall call upon the

name of the Lord shall be saved. 

14    How then shall they call on him in

whom they have not believed? And

how shall they believe in him of whom

they have not heard? And how shall

they hear without a preacher? 

15    And how shall they preach, except

they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful

are the feet of them that preach the gospel

of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 

16    But they have not all obeyed the gospel.

For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our

report? 

17    So then faith cometh by hearing, and

hearing by the word of God. 

 

Zacchaeus found time to listen.

And his life would never be the same.

He found the peace for which he had sought.

 

What happened to Zacchaeus?

Can it happen to you?

 

I. ZACCHAEUS WAS CONVICTED vs 5

 

Zacchaeus was convicted of the pitiful

condition in which he lived.

 

Jesus looked up and saw him.

 

The piercing eyes that can see through the exterior

into the very soul of a man looked at Zacchaeus.

 

Can you imagine the feeling of having Jesus see right through you,

into your thoughts, but further into your intents, into the motivation

center of your life. And to know that this man knows all about you.

 

I don’t just mean your actions and behavior.

 

He knows you!

 

Heb 4:12‑14

12    For the word of God is quick, and

powerful, and sharper than any twoedged

sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder

of soul and spirit, and of the joints and

marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts

and intents of the heart.

13    Neither is there any creature that is not

manifest in his sight: but all things are naked

and opened unto the eyes of him with whom

we have to do.

14    Seeing then that we have a great high

priest, that is passed into the heavens,

Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast

our profession.

 

Rev 1:14

14    His head and his hairs were white like wool,

as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

 

 

Rev 2:18

18    And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write;

These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes

like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

 

Rev 19:12

12    His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head

were many crowns; and he had a name written, that

no man knew, but he himself.

 

 

 

Then Jesus spoke to Zacchaeus.

 

Zacchaeus heard that voice that spoke with

such authority.

 

The voice that calmed the storms, commanded

the demons, controlled the multitudes.

 

Zacchaeus was convicted of his sin, his lack of

righteousness and the reality of coming judgment.

 

John 16:7-11

7      Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for

you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter

will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him

unto you. 

8      And when he is come, he will reprove the world

of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 

9      Of sin, because they believe not on me; 

10    Of righteousness, because I go to my Father,

and ye see me no more; 

11    Of judgment, because the prince of this world

is judged. 

 

Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit of God to bring that same

conviction into the hearts of men everywhere.

 

II. ZACCHAEUS WAS CONVERTED. Vs 6

 

1)  Zacchaeus realized he was a sinner

 

Rom 3:23

23    For all have sinned, and come short

of the glory of God; 

Rom 5:12

12    Wherefore, as by one man sin entered

into the world, and death by sin; and so death

passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 

 

2) Realized his peril - lake of fire

 

Rom 6:23

23    For the wages of sin is death; but the

gift of God is eternal life through Jesus

Christ our Lord. 

 

Rev 20:14-15

14    And death and hell were cast into

the lake of fire. This is the second death. 

15    And whosoever was not found

written in the book of life was cast into

the lake of fire. 

 

3) Realized God loved him and wanted to pay his sin debt.

 

Rom 5:8

8      But God commendeth his love toward

us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ

died for us. 

 

1 Peter 2:24

24    Who his own self bare our sins in his

own body on the tree, that we, being dead

to sins, should live unto righteousness:

by whose stripes ye were healed. 

 

2 Cor 5:21

21For he hath made him to be sin for us,

who knew no sin; that we might be made

the righteousness of God in him. 

 

Zacchaeus had to exercise his faith by doing 2 things.

Not in works but in belief.

 

1) repent -

 

Luke 13:3

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 

 

Acts 17:30

30    And the times of this ignorance God winked at;

but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 

 

2) Receive -

 

John 1:12

12    But as many as received him, to them gave

he power to become the sons of God, even to them

that believe on his name: 

 

Zacchaeus a sinner lost undone without Christ

became a child of God.

 

What a conversion.

 

2 Cor 5:17

17    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:

old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 

 

III. ZACCHAEUS WAS CHANGED. Vs 8

 

When Zacchaeus became a new creature in Christ,

a child of God, his actions began to reflect that change.

 

He no longer took that which was not his.

He made restoration.

 

He gave to the poor.

He realized the condition of those around him and

wanted to help.

 

This man that was once so self centered,

was now compassionate and caring.

 

There was a change in Zacchaeus life.

 

Those who come to Christ and are filled with the

Holy Spirit of God are changed.

 

And their new life reflects that change in their behavior.

 

Does your life reflect a change?

 

Are you living a life pleasing to God?

 

I challenge you to get up every morning and ask God to

lead you every step of the day.

 

Vs 9 Jesus assured Zacchaeus that he was saved.

 

There is no assurance for those who are walking

outside the will of God.

 

There is assurance for those who would trust

Christ and would walk with Him daily.

 

1 John 5:9-13

9      If we receive the witness of men, the witness

of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which

he hath testified of his Son. 

10    He that believeth on the Son of God hath the

witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath

made him a liar; because he believeth not the record

that God gave of his Son. 

11    And this is the record, that God hath given to

us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 

12    He that hath the Son hath life; and he

that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 

13    These things have I written unto you that believe

on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that

ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name

of the Son of God. 

 

He says we are sealed.

 

2 Cor 1:22

22    Who hath also sealed us, and given the

earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

 

Eph 1:13

13    In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard

the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in

whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed

with that holy Spirit of promise,

 

 

Eph 4:30

30    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,

whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

 

He says we are in God’s hand.

 

John 10:27-29

27    My sheep hear my voice, and I know them,

and they follow me: 

28    And I give unto them eternal life; and they

shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck

them out of my hand. 

29    My Father, which gave them me, is greater

than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of

my Father’s hand. 

 

vs 10 Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

Are you lost this morning. Please come.

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