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Summary: Zacchaeus had a desire to know Jesus as a friend, as his savior, and as his the Lord.

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Luke 19:1-10

And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. [2] And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. [3] And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. [4] And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. [5] And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. [6] And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. [7] And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying that he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. [8] And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. [9] And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. [10] For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:1-10

And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. [2] And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

1. Zacchaeus

• Lived in Jericho

• Chief tax collector

• Chief among the publicans

• A rich man

• Short in stature

• Not liked by the common people

• Was Jewish

[3] And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. [4] And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

2. Zacchaeus and his spiritual condition

• Sought to see Jesus

• Wanted to know him

• Took action to see Jesus

• The world was restricting him from seeing Jesus.

3. God prepares a way for us to see Jesus.

• God prepared a tree

• Not just any tree, a sycamore tree (easy to climb)

• The sycamore tree was close to the road

• The sycamore tree was in the path of Jesus

[5] And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. [6] And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

4. God knows our hearts and hears our inter cries.

• Zacchaeus had already sought out Jesus in his heart

• Jesus heard Zacchaeus heart call and stopped by the sycamore tree.

[7] And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying that he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. [8] And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. [9] And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. [10] For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Zacchaeus had a desire to know Jesus as a friend, as his savior, and as his the Lord.

Three Steps to Jesus

1. A Desire to know Jesus

• Jesus already knew Zacchaeus was seeking to know him, because Jesus called him out by name.


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