Summary: Some Christians never live in victory because we never fully comprehend the total victory of Jesus and our ability by faith to appropriate all He has done for us. This sermon looks at this subject and reveals Jesus’ total triumph over sin and His ability
Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.
Not only that, but Zaccheus name was a play on living by faith: Romans 1:17 The just shall live by faith.
But Zaccheus was not living by faith our passage tells us he had a reputation of being a sinner and not only that he was a Chief Tax Collector, one who impoverished the people, mistreated and stole from them as was the custom of the day, he worked for the Romans, who represent a type of the world. So our “son of faith” was not living by faith he was living and controlled by his senses and as such was a prisoner of Satan.
Zaccheus represents then the most, imprisoned by sin, person living in the rebuilt city of unbelief, doubt and disobedience, in other words Satan’s chief prize.
Jesus then went to Jericho to demonstrate His complete victory over sin and Satan to prove that no-one is unreachable by God.
Jesus Christ meaning the Lord is salvation = Joshua
What does Jesus find when He comes into Jericho, does Jesus find proof that the inhabitants of this border town still rely on God and God alone to defend and preserve the Promised Land? Do the ruins of the collapsed walls of the city still remind the present inhabitants of the city that the Promised Land was a gift received by faith alone, a gift that can be retained by faith alone?
Tragically the answer is No. What Jesus finds is a new fortification. Despite the command of God not to rebuild the walls of Jericho, those walls were rebuilt and He finds Zaccheus.
Jesus is on His way to that confrontation with Satan, on His way to destroy the kingdom of Satan and establish the kingdom of God.
Jesus entered the city, and straightaway did battle with Satan. Thousands of people lived in that city, yes, and countless of them were firmly in the grip of the evil one. But one of those who were firmly in the grip of the devil Jesus publicly plucked out of the devil’s grasp. For in the heart of Zaccheus God worked faith. That tax collector who had but one obsession in life was moved by the Spirit of Jesus Christ to desire to see the Rabbi from Nazareth. Instead of that plucky character elbowing his way to the front of the crowd and so being caught up by whatever mood the crowd might have, Zaccheus chose a quiet spot above the people from which to observe the Lord more closely; he climbed that sycamore tree. When Jesus passed under the particular tree in which the curious tax collector was perched, He made a point of looking up and speaking to the man in the tree. For Jesus knew where Zaccheus was, knew what the man’s name was, and knew that Zaccheus had a house. This in itself was already a show of heavenly strength in the stronghold of Satan. But a greater show of heavenly strength was still to come; said Jesus: "Zaccheus make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today." Jesus declares that it is necessary for Him to stay, to spend time, in this city of unbelief, to stay specifically at the house of an apostate no less than Zaccheus the chief tax co1lector. You see: here is an affront to Satan. Satan cannot keep Jesus outside Jericho, Satan cannot bind Jesus in Jericho; Satan must watch helplessly as Jesus sovereignly prepares for Himself a place to stay, as Jesus settles down in the home of His choice.