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We Are All Zacchaeus’ (Luke 19:1-10)Jeff Patton, February 9, 2020
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
Jesus did not come to feed 1000 of people with fish, He did not come to make the blind to see, heal the lepers or raise the dead. He came to save the lost. He did those things to prove who He was and to show compassion. When you attend church it’s not to just have fellowship but to pray for the lost and to see them saved. Sunday school teachers study to help lead the lost to Christ.
We see Zacchaeus and his story that it was a personal thing. Jesus called him out by name. Just as today, Jesus will call you by name inviting you to salvation. When you serve the Lord it’s a personal thing. The Lamb’s Book of Life doesn’t have the born again believers listed under one big group. Each person is listed by their name individually.
We are all sinners, the difference is if Christ has called your name and you accepted Him as your savior. One can’t save themselves therefore one can’t keep their salvation. Salvation is given by Christ and He has promised He will never pull that away from the saved.
Jesus knew Zacchaeus more than Zacchaeus knew himself. Luke 2:11, Christ knew why He came and He came because the world had no hope. The lost don’t come to church unless we the people invite them. They are not looking for Christ. Do what ever it takes to bring in the lost.
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1And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5And 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. 6And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 7And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 8And 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. 9And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (KJV)