Summary: A look at the story of Zaccheus and how he encountered the Living Christ. Zaccheus became a vessel of silver and gold in the hands of the Lord.
Today Salvation has come to this House
Last week started with- Mtt 16:13-17
Peter- standing in the physical presence of Jesus- but his understanding- did not come by- natural senses.
His understanding- who Jesus was-came by revelation-
today, each person needs that same revelation.
Someone once said- Christ is Christianity-knowing Christ is where all faith begins/ends.
You can take Buddha out of Buddhism- system of beliefs and works still exist- Buddha is dead.
You can take Muhammad out of Islam- system of belief/works still exists- Muhammad is dead.
But if you take Christ out of Christianity- nothing left.
As a result- many call themselves Christians- understood principles- but not encountered Christ.
Jesus said- I am the way, the truth, and the life. Jn 14:6
He did not say- there is a way, a truth, a life-
He said He IS the ONLY way, the truth, the life.
Unlike Buddhism/Muslim faith- whose founders-dead-
Christianity depends upon the claims that-
God came down- heaven/became man Jesus Christ was crucified, dead, buried
He was resurrected and is alive today,
seated at the right-hand of God, and
He lives in us through-work/power of-HS.
Zaccheus- Lk 19:1-10
V1 Jesus- He had come from Samaria „³ Jerusalem.
He- passing through Jericho- as-passed through-world.
You/I came into this world with the desire to live-
He did not come to the world to stay- but to die.
He entered this world as the God-man, to die for our sins, so we could live eternally with Him in heaven.
V2 Jericho was a very rich town-
beautiful palm forests and balsam groves,
rich in trade/provided-wealth for-Roman empire therefore it was a great taxation center.
Tax collectors were Jews that collected taxes from their own people for the Roman empire.
They were the mafia of the day- hated by the people.
V3-4 Zaccheus was rejected by his own people- perhaps lonely and searching for something more-
he had lived his life at the expense of others,
he was wealthy but not necessarily happy,
he had worldly success- but not found peace.
He had heard that Jesus ate w/tax collectors/sinners.
Zaccheus ran to climb up a tree to see Jesus.
He may have been looking for that place of mercy-
a place where he could find acceptance/love.
V5 Through out the Gospels, Jesus became a guest in someone¡¦s home when He was invited-
walking on water- intended- pass by- cried out,
Emmaus- acted like going on- until invited in.
In most cases Jesus waits until He is invited in by us.
In this case He invited Himself for dinner/spend-night.
Zaccheus sought to SEE Jesus and Jesus sought to SAVE Zaccheus.
V6-8 After a private dinner w/Jesus-
Zaccheus was a changed man.
His giving exceeded- required under Jewish/Roman law- he was admitting he had stolen from people.
I would like to know the conversation over dinner.
Zaccheus did not just understand truth, He received Jesus- who was the truth- he received the Christ.
Jesus- on his way to Jerusalem to provide a mercy seat for Zaccheus- He would die for- sins of mankind.
V9 As a tax collector-Zaccheus-shut out of the temple.