Posted by: Brad Beaman | August 22, 2009

Zacchaeus the changed man Luke 19:1-10

Imagine you hear a knocking sound and go to the door. You find there is a man standing at the door. He is the store clerk. I cheated you, he says. I did intentionally did not give you back your correct change. One man told me of Jesus Christ and now I realize my mistake. I want to give you back four times the amount I took from you.

Luke 19:1-10
1Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’ ”
8But 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.”
9Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

Zacchaeus was a Jewish Tax Collector. He was a rich man. The people hated him because he took money from the people and gave to a foreign government.

Jesus was passing through Jericho, Zacchaeus’s town. He was on his way to Jerusalem, where in just a few days he would die on the cross. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus.

There are three reasons Zacchaeus may have wanted to see Jesus. The first reason is that Jesus did many miracles. The second reason is Jesus was a famous person.

The third reason was that another tax collector named Matthew left his tax collecting and followed Jesus as one of his disciples. Matthew the Tax collector left everything and followed Jesus.

Matthew 9:9-13
9As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
10While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this; they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'[a] for I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

There was a large group was standing to see Jesus. Because of the crowd of people Zacchaeus couldn’t see Jesus. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus Christ. Zacchaeus was a short man so he climbed up a tree to see Jesus

Then Jesus said, Zacchaeus down from the tree, come I must be with you. Zacchaeus climbed down from the tree and came to Jesus. This caused a big stir. Then the people started talking, Jesus has gone to the house of Zacchaeus a sinner

Then Zacchaeus said he would give money to the poor and pay back 4 times whoever he cheated. Then Jesus said today salvation has come to this house. Why because, you are a son of Abraham.

The bible teaches God blessed Abraham because of his faith in God. Zacchaeus put faith in Jesus Christ and received salvation. Salvation came and after that he did good works.

What did Jesus mean Zacchaeus is a son of Abraham? Jesus meant something more than that Zacchaeus was a physical descendent of Abraham. Jesus meant Zacchaeus was a spiritual descendent of Abraham.

Read Galatians 3:6-7
6Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 7Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.

Abraham was 100 years old and his wife was 90 years old. Then God said he would have a son and many decedents. Having a child in old age is impossible, but Abraham believed God. Because of his faith God blessed Abraham

God promised Abraham, he would be a blessing of all the nations. It was through Abraham’s Son Isaac and his descendents that Jesus came.

Matthew 1:1-2. And 16-17
1A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,

16and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.
You see Jesus is the blessing God promised Abraham. Now whoever believes in Jesus receives salvation. Now whoever believes in Jesus receives salvation. Zacchaeus believed in Jesus and received salvation. Jesus came to bring the blessing of salvation

Read Luke 19: 9-10
9Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

Jesus left Jericho to go to Jerusalem. There Jesus died on the cross. He died to pay the penalty for our sins. Now all who believe in Him have salvation. Jesus changed Zacchaeus life, from a cheater to a good man.

Have you believed in Jesus? Has Jesus changed your life?

Know for sure


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