The Greatest Encounter by Larry Wynn

THE GREATEST ENCOUNTER
LUKE 19: 1-10
MARCH 10, 1996

INTRODUCTION

A. DR. R.G. LEE USED TO TELL THE STORY OF HIS GRANDPARENTS. HIS
GRANDFATHER FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR. ONE DAY HIS GRANDMOTHER
RECEIVED THE WORD HER HUSBAND HAD BEEN KILLED IN THE WAR. IT
WAS A DARK DAY IN THE LEE FAMILY. DR. LEE'S FATHER RECALLS HOW
HE WOULD GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT LISTENING TO HIS MOM CRY. ONE
DAY THEY WERE SITTING ON THE FRONT PORCH OF THEIR HOME
SHELLING PEAS. AFTER A WHILE HIS MOM SAID, "THAT MAN COMING UP
THE ROAD LOOKS LIKE YOUR FATHER." DR. LEE'S DAD REPLIED, "MOM,
DAD'S DEAD. HE'S NOT COMING BACK." IT WAS IF SHE DIDN'T HEAR HIM.
SHE SAID, AS THE MAN DREW CLOSER, IT LOOKS JUST LIKE HIM. THEN,
BEFORE HE COULD SAY A WORD, SHE JUMPED OFF THE PORCH, RAN
DOWN THE ROAD, ALL THE WHILE YELLING, "THEY WERE WRONG, THEY
WERE WRONG, YOU'RE NOT DEAD! YOU'RE ALIVE" DR. LEE'S DAD
WOULD OFTEN TELL HIM HOW THAT WAS THE HAPPIEST DAY OF HIS
LIFE.

1. WHAT AN ENCOUNTER THAT MUST HAVE BEEN. IT'S A LITTLE
GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN JESUS RESURRECTED AND
WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE WHEN HE RETURNS AGAIN.

2. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MEMORABLE ENCOUNTERS?

B. TODAY, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT LIFE'S GREATEST ENCOUNTER.

1. WE SEE IT THROUGH THE EYES OF A MAN NAMED ZACCAEUS. YOU
KNOW, THE "WEE LITTLE MAN" WE SANG ABOUT AS CHILDREN.

2. THIS STORY ILLUSTRATES HOW YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THE
GREATEST ENCOUNTER OF YOUR LIFE. AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE
LORD JESUS CHRIST.

I. THIS ENCOUNTER BEGINS WITH CURIOSITY.

A. PEOPLE HAVE COME TO CHRIST FOR MANY REASONS.

1. SOME HAVE COME OUT OF ...


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