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The Scoundrel (5 of 8)
Series: The Kinds of People Jesus Ministered To
INTRO: So many people think that God is hard to find, that He is way out there somewhere in the universe and too busy to notice mankind, much less the individual in the crowd of soon to be 7,000,000,000 people!
All too often humans have invented gods that meet certain needs, but fail to come to know the true God that can meet all their needs.
ILLUS: Pusan is one of the lesser sun-gods of Vedic Hinduism. He is the shepherd and protector of flocks, the pathfinder for those on a journey, and is particularly called upon to search for lost objects. What a trivial job for a god, finding the lost objects of daily life! The God of the Bible is not concerned with lost objects, but with lost people! -- Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company, 1997).
The truth is that God seeks out the lost, and He always has His heart tuned into the soul that desires to find Him. So often in our modern world our attention is drawn to so many things that we don't have the time to even think about our soul. The truth is however that nothing in this world can satisfy the spiritual needs of our soul except God.
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that the hungry heart to know God will find Christ making a house call! If you really desire to know God He will come and find you, just be sure to be on the lookout for Jesus Christ!
I. LOOKING FOR CHRIST Luke 19:1-4
A. The Barriers Luke 19:1-3a
1. Zacchaeus had everything going against him:
a. He was hated by his own people ... the Jews saw tax collectors who worked for Rome as both crooks and traitors to their own kind. They often disowned their own when they became tax collectors.
b. The Romans didn't care much for him either, but they tolerated Jews like him if they collected money for Caesar!
c. He got rich by overcharging people, so he had few if any friends.
d. He was short physica ...
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