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Summary: Though small in stature and morals, Jesus still loved Zacchaeus.

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Text: Luke 19:1-10

Title: Nobody Is To Small For Jesus

Theme: Zacchaeus was a small man both in stature and in morals yet Jesus still saw him and desired to free him from sin.

Audience: Ozark Christian Church 10-10-99am \ 03-04-01am

Objective: Preach this as an evangelistic sermon with the intentions of leading people to make a decision

regardless of others opinions of them.

Introduction:

- Explain why a tax collector was despised.

- Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector. (this is even worse)

- Bottom of the barrel

- There are two different angles that this text can be looked at.

- View #1

- From the angle of someone who has already accepted Christ

- View #2

- From the angle of someone searching for Christ.

[From the first angle we see]

I: They would not let him through? (1-4, 7)

Luke 19:1-4

1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.

2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.

3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.

4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

A: There was a large crowd

1: This would be like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

- There wasn’t a whole lot of public entertainment in those days.

- People would flock to any large crowd

- Just to break the monotony of everyday life.

- This was Jesus Christ

- To those who believe. They wanted to see their Savior

- To those who didn’t believe. They wanted to mock the Savior.

- This crowd was shoulder to shoulder

Why wouldn’t they make room for this man to see Christ?

2: Because of who he was.

- This was Zacchaeus

- He was the chief tax collector

- Excommunicated from the Synagogue

- Considered a traitor to his people

- He was an undesirable

- No one cared for him.

B: Do you make room for those that you see as undesirable?

- Would you let Zacchaeus through to see Jesus

- Or would you stand shoulder to shoulder and not let them through

- So that no undesirables can see our Jesus.

2: Would you invite Zacchaeus to dinner?

- Would you eat dinner at his house?

- Are you someone who gossips about the person in church that brings an undesirable person to a church dinner (7)

19:7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a `sinner.’ "

[The other view is]

II: Zacchaeus Would Not Give UP

A: No one in the crowd was going to stop him.

1. People use the behavior of others

- As a reason not to attend church.

- Or not learning about Jesus Christ

2. They say things like

- I don’t want to be like them.

- They are just a bunch of hypocrites

3. They allow the behavior of others

- To determine whether they learn about Jesus Christ / or not

- These people are allowing hypocrites to determine their salvation

- Allowing someone else to determine your salvation is simply foolish.

[Are you going to let others elbow you out of the crowd

so that you can’t know Jesus?]

B: Zacchaeus is determined to see Jesus (4)

“So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way”


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