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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

Sermon Passage:

Luke 19:1-10

1And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5And 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. 6And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 7And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 8And 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. 9And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (KJV)

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