Summary: This message examines the shocking action of Jesus, when he reached out to Zacchaeus. Application is made to today, noting that Jesus still reaches out to sinners today.

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* The “Most-Shocking” video genre (i.e., Top 20 Most Shocking Boozers and Losers; Most Shocking Fights and Wild Riots; etc.)

* A different kind of “most-shocking” action: the life and ministry of Jesus Christ

- Christ did things that shocked those who saw him

- Christ said things that normal (even the religious) people did not do

* Some of Jesus’ shocking actions/statements put him in opposition to others (i.e., Sadducees and Pharisees over his claim to be God’s Son)

* This series will look at few of the things Jesus said and did that shocked the people around him


* One of Jesus’ shocking actions: he reached out to sinners

- such an action was indeed shocking = note verse 7

- it was shocking because the Law mandated that God could not be approached by just anyone

* Jesus reaching out to sinners introduced a concept that many who loved the Law could not get grasp...GRACE

* Zacchaeus is a familiar story: don’t miss the point of this meeting between him and Jesus

* The people surrounding Jesus were shocked that someone who claimed to be God would reach out to sinners

* The meeting between these two men reveals to us exactly why Jesus would want to (and would actually) reach out to sinners...

1. Jesus reached out because he saw a sinner who was lost (v. 1-4)

* When Jesus sees a need, he does what he can do to meet that need

* Zacchaeus had a great need - salvation; Jesus began to meet that need by reaching out to him

* Why did Zacchaeus need Jesus to reach out to him?

A. As a sinner, he didn’t measure up.

- not only small physically, but small spiritually, as are we

- Romans 3:23 - “fall short of the glory of God”

- sin: to miss the mark

B. As a sinner, something was missing from his life.

- he was missing Christ, salvation, righteousness, etc.

- because of what was missing, he was “lost” (perishing/destroyed)

- without Christ, something will always be missing from our lives

C. As a sinner, he was seeking.

- Zacchaeus is where he is in the first place because he is seeking to fill the void in his heart

- those who are lost today need to seek

- Acts 17:26-27

2. Jesus reached out because he is a Savior who is loving (v. 5-7)

* The very nature of Jesus causes him to reach out to sinners: his nature is love

* The love of Christ for all sinners is seen in his encounter with Zacchaeus...

A. The love of Christ is seen in his seeking

- wasn’t just Zacchaeus that was looking for Jesus, but Jesus was also looking for Zacchaeus

- note verse 5a: God takes the initiative!

- John 6:44; 1 John 4:19

B. The love of Christ is seen in his compassion

- compassion caused Jesus to issue his invitation to Zacchaeus

- compassion: Jesus not only saw his need, but was moved to meet that need

- Christ has that same compassion today: Revelation 3:20

C. The love of Christ is seen in his actions

- the actions of Christ get a reaction from the people (v. 7)

- the actions in the life and death of Christ reveal his love because (1) he stood in the presence of sinners and (2) he suffered in the place of sinner

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