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May 29, 2016


SCRIPTURE: Luke 19:1-10


KEY VERSE: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)


INTRODUCTION: The eternal purpose of God in relation to the human race is set forth in Luke 19:10.


A. Jesus Christ came to die that He might reconcile LOST men, women, boys, and girls to a loving and longsuffering Creator.


1. Jesus Christ came to earth to be the Savior.


2. We as Christians are to win people to Christ!


a. It is the mission of the Church.


b. It is the mission of the believer.


B. Jesus Christ came to seek and to save the lost.


For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost – Luke 19:10.


INSIGHT: In Luke 18:31-34 Jesus warned His disciples that He would suffer greatly at the hands of the Gentiles. They would mock, insult, and spit upon Him before putting Him to death. But on the third day, He would rise again. Jesus Christ would willingly sacrifice Himself to save sinners -- that is the GOSPEL (the Good News for a lost world). You MUST trust Christ for your SALVATION. That is God’s plan of Salvation.




INSIGHT: This story is found only in the book of Luke.


(Luke 19:1-4) And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.


A. Zacchaeus was a wealthy Jewish man who lived in Jericho.


1. Zacchaeus is a good example of a man whose riches did not prevent him from coming to Christ.


INSIGHT: Zacchaeus was rich. He made his profession pay. He did not conduct his business half-heartedly. If he went to collect taxes from a widow who could not pay, he would put her out of the house. If a man could not pay enough, he would take out a mortgage on the place. He had robbed many people.


2. Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree so as to get a good view of Jesus as He was passing through.


3. But like so many today, what Zacchaeus needed was someone to explain the way of salvation to him.


4.This Jesus did.


B. Zacchaeus was a servant of the Roman government.


1. He was the chief tax collector for the area of Jericho.


INSIGHT: Zacchaeus was a chief among publicans. His parents never dreamed he would turn out this way. One dark night he had to decide whether or not he would sell out to Rome. As a publican he would have to pay Rome a stated amount for a certain territory in which he would gather taxes. Then, of course, he would gather more taxes than he paid Rome, which made him rich. Zacchaeus was the leader among the publicans.


Although he had once made a decision to become a publican, he found out that all the wealth in the world would not satisfy his heart. He wished he could go back and start over. He had gone down a one-way street and he knew of no way to get back to the mercy seat. He wanted mercy, and our Lord knew that.


2. Because of the wealth of Jericho and the trade that passed through the city, Zacchaeus became quite wealthy collecting taxes for the Romans.


3. Zacchaeus’ fellow Jews, however, hated him.


4. They despised anyone who would associate with the occupying force of Rome.


INSIGHT: Zacchaeus had given up his religion. He had no more access to the temple. Zacchaeus may have been the publican who stood afar off, and smote his breast, as he said, “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). Zacchaeus wanted a mercy seat to which he could come as a poor sinner. He wanted to come back to God.


The Lord went to Jericho for the purpose of helping this man. He wanted to take Zacchaeus with Him, not to Jerusalem, but to the cross of Calvary for salvation.


II. WHAT JESUS “MUST” DO. (Luke 19:5-7)


A. Jesus invited Himself to Zacchaeus’s home and Zacchaeus was glad to have Him. (Luke 19:5-6)


(Luke 19:5-6) And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.


1. Zacchaeus showed his interest in Jesus through his determination to see Him.


2. When he could not get past the large crowd, he climbed a Sycamore tree.


3. When Jesus invited Himself to his house (notice that Jesus knew him by name), Zacchaeus responded with JOY and immediately RECEIVED THE SAVIOR into his home.


B. Onlookers disapproved of Jesus’ friendliness toward Zacchaeus because they considered the tax collector a SINNER. (Luke 19:7)


(Luke 19:7) And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.


INSIGHT: Zacchaeus was having fun now. For him it was a joyful occasion, but “they” murmured. Who are “they”? They are the gossiping crowd. They were saying, “Can you imagine that He is going to dinner at the house of a man who is a sinner?”


1. There was a lapse of time -- how much, we are not told.


2. Jesus had dinner with Zacchaeus, but He did not stay all night.


3. They shut the door and the crowd milled around outside and gossiped, but no one knew what went on inside.


4. Finally the door opened, and there stood Zacchaeus.




A. Zacchaeus REPENTED of his sins and placed his FAITH in Jesus Christ as his Savior. (Luke 19:8)


(Luke 19:8) And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.


1. Something had happened to this man!


a. He admitted that he had been robbing the poor and promised to give half of his goods to the poor and to restore fourfold to those whom he had falsely taxed.


b. He was acting according to the Mosaic Law (see Exodus 22).


c. Something had happened inside Zacchaeus, and he was a new man.


2. We are not given an account of the conversation between Zacchaeus and our Lord.


a. For some reason the Holy Spirit did not give us an account of what transpired between these two men.


b. However, when our Lord talked to men He usually spoke of two things: (1) man’s need and (2) God’s ability to meet that need.


c. He did not have to tell Zacchaeus that he was a sinner.


d. Zacchaeus knew he was a sinner, and so did everyone else.


e. The Lord told him there was a remedy for sin.


f. He said, “I am going to Jerusalem to die on the cross so that there will be a mercy seat for you, Zacchaeus.”


B. Jesus said that Zacchaeus was a saved man. (Luke 19:9-10)


(Luke 19:9-10) And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


1. The experience of Zacchaeus is a good illustration of what James says:


“Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18).


2. Zacchaeus showed his faith by his works.


INSIGHT: Zacchaeus DEMONSTRATED HIS SINCERITY by generously offering to give back FOUR TIMES the amount he had overcharged others. In addition to that, Zacchaeus gave HALF OF ALL HIS WEALTH to the poor. He was truly a saved man.


3. He did not talk about his faith; he demonstrated his faith.


4. The world is NOT listening for something today; it IS looking for something today.


5. Zacchaeus had what the world is looking for.


6. Jesus had dinner with Zacchaeus and Zacchaeus’ life was changed.


INSIGHT: Jesus is still entering and passing through your town wherever it is. He wants to have dinner with those who do not know Him. He wants to talk about your soul and salvation. (1) What about it? (2) Has He passed through your home? (3) Has He knocked on your heart’s door? (4) Have you let Jesus in? (5) Are you saved?



Seek And Save

By Marvin Williams


For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. – Luke 19:10


Lachlan Macquarie, governor of New South Wales from 1810–1821, had a way of making everyone feel included in the new colony. When the “exclusives” (free settlers, civil servants, and military officers) shunned the society of the “emancipists” (transported convicts given conditional or absolute pardon), Governor Macquarie insisted that they be treated as social equals.


Jesus showed interest in Zacchaeus, a shunned tax collector in Jericho, and included him in the recipients of His salvation plan (Luke 19:1-10). A marginalized and hated man because of his profession, Zacchaeus was desperate to see Jesus and climbed a [sycamore] tree to get a glimpse of Him.


When Jesus passed by, He saw Zacchaeus’ desire and told him to come down because he had a divine appointment at his house. Some complained that Jesus was spending time with a sinner. His loving attention changed Zacchaeus’ life. He repented and offered restitution for those he had defrauded. Salvation had come to his house.


Jesus’ mission was simple: Diligently search for lost people, whatever their social standing, and offer them God’s salvation plan. As followers of Christ, we too have that as our mission.


 -- Marvin Williams, Our Daily Bread, August 10, 2012


Lord, help us show compassion
To a world that’s lost in sin,
So when we share the gospel,
Hungry souls for Christ we’ll win.
-- Sper


THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Jesus knows you by name and longs for you to know Him.”


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REFERENCES: References used in the Bible study are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.



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