Summary: Jesus stopped by on His way to Jericho to change the lives of two men
Introduction: Our greatest need is to see the Lord. Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem to be crucified. However, something happened on His way.
I. A Commotion by the Roadside
A. His Condition
1. Blind - 2Co 4:4
2. Beggar - Re 3:17
B. His Cry
1. His Boldness
2. His Belief
C. His Criticism
1. The World thinks they know what is best
2. The World does not care
3. Religion is even worse, Matthew 23:27
D. His Comfort
1. A Saviors Instructions - Bring him to me
2. A Sinner’s Delight
a. Free to go to Jesus - Jesus said he could come!
b. Free from the past -Mark 10:50, Ps 103:1-3
II. A Conversion in a Treetop
A. A Climb - vs. 19:2-4
1. A Sinner
2. His Stature
3. A Seeker
a. His Curiosity entrapped him "sought"
b. His Courage compelled him - vs. 4, Isa 45:22, Heb 12:2
B. A Call - vs. 5
1. Jesus came to the Place
2. Jesus saw Him
3. Jesus called him by name, Ex 33:17
a. Come Quickly "make haste"
b. Come Down "repent"
c. Come Enjoy
C. A Conversion - vs. 6
1. He Came to Jesus - Isa 45:22
2. He Humbled Himself, Lu 18:17
3. He Received Him with Rejoicing, Isa 12:2
D. A Change - vs. 8-9, Eze 36:26
1. The Greedy became a Giver!
2. The Dishonest began to pay Dividend
Conclusion: Christians, suppose Zacchaeus was affected by someone that told him of Jesus? Do others desire to know Jesus because of the difference that they can see in your life? Another thought, do you think that tree was special?
Friend, have you trusted the Master? What if this is the last time that you will ever be invited to trust Jesus Christ as your God and Savior? What if this is the last time He will pass by this way How long has it been since you were willing to climb to the heights to see the Master?
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