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The Conversion of Zacchaeus

Luke 19:1-10, Leonardo de Moraes, May 6, 2018

Sermon Notes:

Sermon preached in Portuguese by Leonard de Moraes and translated by Andrew Love

  • Opening Remarks
    • A great passage proclaiming the Gospel
    • John 3:17 - Jesus came to save sinners
    • 1 Tim 1:15 - Jesus came to save sinners
    • The conversion of Zacchaeus is a wonderful miracle
  • v10 announces the theme of the whole passage
    • The story narrates the salvation of a lost sinner
    • The nature of God is to seek and to save the lost
      • Ezk 34:16
  • God the Saviour
    • Isa 43:11
    • Matt 1:21
  • The central message of the Bible is that Jesus came to save the lost
    • The Gospel is good news
    • It is only good news to those who come to Christ 
      • Luke 18:9-13 - the same truth
      • Jesus tells the same message in the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
        • Explanation of Parable
  • The Salvation of Zacchaeus
    • In Jericho
    • Jesus was going to the festival of the Passover
      • This time He would be the pascal Lamb
    • He attracted many pilgrims also going to the Passover
      • His fame had spread throughout the land
    • There was a crossing of roads in Jericho and here the tax office was situated
  • Zacchaeus
    • He was the chief tax collector (v2)
    • He was rich (v2)
    • He was despised by the community (v7)
    • He was a sinner
    • He was seen to be a traitor
    • He had a corrupt character
  • Even though Zacchaeus was as described, he had heard of Jesus
    • He was seeking out Jesus (v3)
    • Why?
      • Had his conscience accused him?
      • Was their a spiritual desire for Christ?
  • In order to go to Jesus he had to overcome obstacles (v4)
    • The big crowds
    • He was of short stature
    • That he was hated for being a tax collector
    • He was the chief of tax collectors
  • He was so desiring to see Jesus Christ
    • He went anyway
    • He ran ahead (v4)
  • Here we see a sinner seeking for Jesus
    • Isa 55:6-7
    • Jer 29:13
    • Matt 6:33
    • Amos 5:4
  • What followed was very surprising for Zacchaeus
    • He discovered the Saviour was seeking him
    • Jesus had not yet met Zacchaeus but He planned to go to his house
    • Zacchaeus wanted to meet Jesus but he did not realise that Jesus wanted to meet him
  • Zacchaeus was very joyful (v6)
    • But the religious peopled murmured (v7)
    • How could Jesus go to the house of a sinner?
    • We must never be affected by the religious multitude in searching for Jesus
  • The life of Zacchaeus was radically changed
    • The fruit of his salvation (v8-9)
      • He gave back fourfold
    • His heart had been changed
    • The taker became a giver
    • The discourse was between Jesus and Zacchaeus, not the multitudes
    • Zacchaeus made this decision on his own
      • Luke 3:8
    • His faith is seen through the changes in his behaviour
  • True faith transforms the believer
      • 2 Cor 5:17
    • True faith produces works
    • Ezk 36:26
    • A new heart and a new mind - a true transformation
    • If there is no real change, there is no transformation and consequently no salvation
  • Zacchaeus is called a child of Abraham
    • Rom 2:28
    • Rom 4:11
    • Gal 3:7
    • A true believer
    • When someone is saved they become a child of God and part of His family
  • Zacchaeus was not saved by his works, these are the results of his salvation
    • We do good works not to be saved, but because we are saved
    • True salvation is given by God
    • True salvation always produces fruit
  • Jesus call was to discipleship
    • We are called to follow Him
    • Luke 9:23-25
    • Matt 7:13
  • Many believe they are saved, but there is no fruit in their lives
    • The Bible calls us to examine ourselves to see if we are saved
      • 2 Cor 13:5
    • Is their fruit in own lives?
      • James 2:14-17
  • True salvation does not just happen to Zacchaeus but to all who believe
    • God continues to do this work
    • Mark 1:15
  • Concluding Remarks - The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • Prayer

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