Wk 2 “Catch Them on the Bounce”
August 29th 2021
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.
God Used a broken person to save His people.
(Rahab Joshua 2)
3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short, he could not see over the crowd.
People are fascinated with Jesus, “the man.” But often do not want to hear about Jesus, “the Savior.”
4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
The Heart of the Gospel message is to reach out to the lost, right?
(Romans 5:8; John 3:17; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 19:10) (Romans 3:10-11) Ref. “We do not seek God…”
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
We are just like the old school paper boy, we just deliver the message.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
Whenever you are doing something for the Lord there will be those who do not like it. There will be opposition. There will people that will not approve of what you are doing. There will be people that will question you every step of the way.
(2 Timothy 3:12)
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
But= Behold the Underlying Truth
“Look Lord” indicates the Zacchaeus, the chief tax-man has just become a follower of Jesus
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
To be a, “Son of Abraham” means to be Jewish. But that isn’t good enough, Jews are not saved by the blood of Abraham, no one is. It’s the blood of Jesus. Take a look at verse 10.
Two judgements that are often made that de-rail our efforts
I am not good enough to carry the Gospel message
They are not good enough to hear the Gospel message
Jesus saw Zacchaeus for who he could be in the future, not who he was when they met.
Things to Think About
Is God calling you to reach out, even in your brokenness to someone?
Is there someone on your heart right now you know God wants you to reach out to?
Is God asking you to look past yourself and look passed their past?
God is calling YOU to be used to change someone’s eternity, will you answer the call?
Small group question for this series will be in the “Everybody Always” workbook. If you need one contact Darin or purchase online or perhaps at a local bookstore.