Jesus and Zacchaeus
1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
If I’m bringing someone over, I need to let my wife know at least 20 minutes in advance to she can hide everything that is out of place in the first cabinet or drawer she finds.
Once we were at someone’s house and when we opened the dish washer the dishes were there with a lot of food on them, when we asked if they dish washer could handle that they told us that it was there because they didn’t have the time to clean so they hid it there.
Once a brother was in a rush to find some air wick for his car, and was getting a lot of trash out of his car. When we asked him why he was so desperate, he told us that he was about to lend his car to a beautiful sister and he didn’t want her to think that he was dirty and not organized.
Why do we pretend to be something that we are not?
Why is it so important to be accepted by people?
The Pharisees called Zacchaeus a sinner. The actual word there means something a lot worst.
Zacchaeus was a publican, a Jew that worked for the Roman Empire, and didn’t follow the Jewish law.
Zacchaeus wasn’t allowed at the synagogue probably. He was rejected by his nation, and for a good cause.
Zacchaeus was rich, because he stole a lot from people. He was a bad guy! He didn’t need Jesus.
The Pharisees hated him! They couldn’t stay near him! He was a bad influence, and a bad guy to be around! No religious person would walk with Zacchaeus!
Jesus, before all people that were there, called Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector of all that people, and stayed at his house.
Jesus didn’t care about what people were saying!
Jesus didn’t give any explanation!
Jesus just went to his house with him.
I bet you don’t have the guts to walk with Zacchaeus.
The Christians are too religious to walk with Zacchaeus.
Whom do you look like?
Jesus was counted among sinners and not among righteous.
Luke 22:37 – Isaiah 53;12
For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.”
The truth is that we look a lot more like the Pharisees than we look like Jesus.
This semester, we want this building full of sinners. We want to see you seated among sinners, among the people that the other churches don’t have the guts to receive in their building.
How are you going to behave when you see the sinners coming? As a Pharisee or as Jesus?
Jesus came for the sinners:
Romans 5: 6-8
Died for the ungodly.
Jesus didn’t come to for the good people of the Earth! He came for sinners!
He is friend of sinners!
What about you?