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The Jericho Mobster
Verse 10 is a clear-cut statement of why Jesus came into this world. Jesus came from heaven into this world to seek and to save that which was lost. The first nine verses of the chapter give us a real life illustration of Jesus coming to seek and to save those who are lost. Along the way, Jesus encountered all kinds of people, and He saved all kinds of sinners. He met them in many places. Sometimes He met them along the seashore. At other times He met them at the dinner table. Here's one He meets up a tree--a man named Zacchaeus who is evidently one of the last people Jesus met and saved before He went to the cross. Notice the setting in verse 1. It says, "Jesus entered and passed through Jericho." Jericho was an interesting city in those days. The name Jericho means to smell or fragrance. It was a city that was filled with balsam trees and rose gardens. So, there was a beautiful perfumed fragrance about the city all the time. It was really kind of a resort area. It was a vacation spot for the well-to- do. Mark Anthony had given this city, on one occasion, to Cleopatra. It is through this city that the Lord Jesus Christ is passing. It says in verse 1 that he is passing through Jericho. He is on His way to Jerusalem. Over and over and over, in the book of Luke, you will notice that Jesus must go to Jerusalem. Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem and He had a cross in His heart. He gets to Jerusalem, outside the city, to a hill called Calvary. He plants that cross in the earth for all the world to see. Along the way to the cross, along the way to Calvary, where He would shed His blood for sinners, He meets a man named Zacchaeus. All the boys and girls know Zacchaeus. He is familiar to every boy and girl who has been in Sunday School or in choir. They have a little song they sing about Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus is the man we are going to talk about tonight. You are going to find this passage to be interesting and very he ...
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