Jesus 5 by Randal Ross

Randal Ross
First Assembly
Date: 6/7/98
Service: AM
Name: Jesus 5

ZACCHAEUS; CAUGHT BY CURIOSITY

(Luke 19:1-10 NKJ)
(1) Then {Jesus} entered and passed through Jericho. (2) Now behold, {there was} a
man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. (3) And he
sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short
stature. (4) So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He
was going to pass that {way}. (5) And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and
saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must
stay at your house." (6) So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.
(7) But when they saw {it}, they all murmured, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a
man who is a sinner." (8) Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give
half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false
accusation, I restore fourfold." (9) And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to
this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; (10) "for the Son of Man has come to
seek and to save that which was lost."


INTRO; TODAY WE MEET JESUS IN THE MOST UNUSUAL OF CHARACTERS
OF
THE BIBLE: ZACCHAEUS

ILL. MOST OF US KNOW HIM BY HIS SONG THAT MAJORS ON HIS STATURE.


IF YOU GREW UP IN CHURCH OR SPENT ANY TIME IN CHILDREN’S CHURCH
YOU REMEMBER HIS SONG.

Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a
scychamore tree to see what he could see. (One of those songs that stay with you. like
its a small world after all. Find yourself singing it this afternoon.)

A. THIS IS PERHAPS THE MOST UNUSUAL ENCOUNTER AND THE MOST
UNEXPECTED MESSAGES.

1. AT FIRST GLANCE YOU MAY WONDER WHAT IT IS DOING IN THE BIBLE
AT ALL.

2. IT WOULD NOT MAKE ANY OF OUR TOP TEN OF THE MOST MOVING
STORIES IN THE BIBLE. YET IT IS THERE.

B GIVEN A CHOICE OF WHICH ...


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