LUKE 19

10 Outlines

 

Luke 19:1-10

WHAT TO DO WITH JESUS?

 

Zacchaeus teaches us what to do with the Savior.

 

DESIRE JESUS – Vss. 1-5 – LET HIM CALL YOU!

DINE WITH JESUS – Vss. 5-6 – LET HIM CHALLENGE YOU!

DEFER TO JESUS – Vss. 7-10 – LET HIM CHANGE YOU!

 

 

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Luke 19:1-10

POOR LITTLE RICH MAN

 

 

Is there happiness in money?  If we were honest, we’d have to admit that we often think there is happiness in money. As Christians, we should realize that there is no real happiness in money.

 

1 Timothy 6:10 - For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

 

Money can’t buy true friends.

Money can’t buy peace of mind.

Money can’t buy health.

Money can’t buy a contented family.

Money can’t buy happiness.

 

There is a man in the Bible who teaches this lesson.

His name is Zacchaeus. He was a rich man, but he was not a happy man.

He was short in stature, so I think of him as a “Poor Little Rich Man”.

 

The point of studying Zacchaeus this evening is not to discuss money. But rather to encourage us to be sensitive to the needs of those who are unsaved.

We want to be sensitive to the needs of the unsaved, because, as will see in a few minutes, our Master was sensitive to the needs of the unsaved.

 

True wealth is not based on how much money a person has in the bank or how much possessions he owns.  True wealth is based on the condition of that person’s soul.

 

Remember this: Any person rich or poor in this world and without Jesus is poor in the next world. They are facing eternal damnation.  Revelation 20:15

 

The story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10 is a story of contrasts.

 

THOUGH HE WAS RICH, YET HE WAS POOR

 

Vss. 1-2 – Zacchaeus’ name means “righteous one”.

He was not living up to his name.

The Jewish religious leaders of Jericho would not have considered Zacchaeus as righteous.

 

He was the chief tax collector.

Jericho was on a trade route. There would have lots of taxes to collect. Zacchaeus was the head of those who collected the taxes.  And although a tax collector could make a living and be honest, it was in not being honest, but in taking as much as possible, that generally made tax collectors rich men.

 

The Jews considered publicans, or tax collectors, as traitors.

This is because they were agents of the government that was ruling over them, the Roman Empire.  Tax collectors were despised by other Jews.

 

Zacchaeus’ occupation made him rich, but he was only a poor man.

 

Zacchaeus was poor in the things of God.

And let’s face it, when all is said and done, how wealthy we are in the things of God is all that will matter after we leave this life.

 

You might remember another rich man.  His ground was so productive that he had an over abundance. Luke 12:17-22

 

There are many today who are rich in this world’s goods, but not rich towards God.  We should be concerned about them.

 

And we must remember that there was a day when we were in the same boat.

 

Zacchaeus, like all of us, was born into spiritual poverty.

He was born a sinner, and like us lived the life of the sinner.

Now matter how good or how moral a person appears on the outside we are all sinners. Romans 3:10-18, 23

 

How do we know that sinners are poor? Ezekiel 18:4, Ephesians 2:1

 

Here was Zacchaeus, like every unsaved person you have ever met, poor without Christ.

 

Let us remember the plight of the unsaved.

If a man does not have Christ, no matter how nice a man or lady he or she may be, if a man does not have Christ, He has nothing! Mark 8:36

 

THOUGH HE SOUGHT, YET HE WAS FOUND

   

Vs. 3 – Zacchaeus was under conviction.

            God, the Holy Spirit was already working on

            Zacchaeus.

Somehow Zacchaeus knew that Jesus had the answers to his problems.

Before Zacchaeus started to seek God, God started to seek Him.

 

The same is true today.  God, through His Spirit seeks men before they seek Him. John 16:8-11

 

And why did Jesus go to the cross?  He went to the cross on her behalf, seeking our well being.

Romans 5:8

 

If one of your friends has an unusual burden of guilt, an unusual desire to find out more about Spiritual things, perhaps the Holy Spirit is working on him to bring him to Christ.

 

Allow the Holy Spirit to use you to help bring him to the Savior.

 

Vs. 4 – Zacchaeus so wanted to see Jesus and couldn’t because he was short.

What was he to do?

He runs ahead and climbs a sycamore tree.

Here was a rich man, an important man.

Here was a man already despised by the Jews.

Here was a man who swallowed all his pride and gave up all his dignity so he could see Jesus.

Nothing was more important to him than seeing Jesus.

 

Notice something else. Zacchaeus was acting like a child. A child will humble himself. A child will simply trust. A child will not care so much about the crowd.

 

Luke 18:17 - Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

 

Yes, Zacchaeus humbled himself like a child to see Jesus.

You and I, even though we are saved, should do the same.

 

Vs. 5 – Zacchaeus was seeking.

Notice, however, that Jesus found Zacchaeus!

As we said a few moments ago, before we start to seek, God is seeking us.

 

Jesus came to Jericho to find Zacchaeus.

We kiddingly say that a guy chases a girl until she catches him.

We seek God until he catches us, because God was seeking us all along.  

 

This is the only instance in the Gospels where Jesus invites Himself to dinner!  He is always at home with those who are truly seeking Him.

 

Vs. 6 – If Zacchaeus lacked dignity going up the tree, I’m sure he lacked it more coming down the tree.

But what did he care?

The Master was coming to his house!

 

THOUGH HE WAS HATED, YET HE WAS LOVED –

   

Vs. 7 – Jesus never did things to please the crowd.

Notice what the chief tax collector was called – a sinner!

 

He was hated by about everyone except fellow tax collectors, and the Lord Jesus.

 

You may be hated by every other person on earth, but you are loved by Jesus.

You probably know some pretty miserable unsaved sinners, those you don’t even talk to.  But let me tell you something. Jesus loves these people! 1 John 4:10

 

It’s about time that we started bringing the lovely Savior to some not so lovely sinners.   

 

THOUGH HE GAVE, YET HE RECEIVED

 

After dinner, Zacchaeus made a statement.

 

Vs. 8 – Zacchaeus states that he is going to give half of what he owns to the poor. He had been amassing wealth, but now he realized that he didn’t need all that.

 

Zacchaeus also decided to make restitution with interest to those he knew he had cheated. There was definite change in his life.

 

Why this sudden, giving heart?

 

Vs. 9 – Zacchaeus decided to give because he had received.

            Salvation had come to Zacchaeus’ house.

Was this because he decided to give away a fortune? No!

Giving away the fortune was proof that he had been saved.

 

Zacchaeus was doing what saved people do.

First, he was making things right was those he had wronged.

Second, he was laying up treasure in Heaven. Matthew 6:19-21

 

When a person puts their trust in Christ change will take place.

There will be a desire to make things right for past wrongs.

There will be a desire for the things of God.

There will be a desire to live correctly, because of what Christ has done.

We don’t change because we want to become Christians.

We change because we are Christians.   

We change because God has changed us.

 

How did Zacchaeus change?

He became a “son of Abraham”.

We don’t mean he became a physical descendent of Abraham. He already was that.

He became a Spiritual descendant, one who followed Abraham’s example of faith. Romans 4:3, Romans 4:11, Galatians 3:9

 

Now the whole passage is summed up in verse 10.

 

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

Jesus went to Jericho to find Zacchaeus, the one who was lost.

He is still seeking and saving the lost today.

We claim to be His followers.

How can we do less and claim to follow Him and have His concerns at heart?

 

Zacchaeus was the poor little rich man.

THOUGH HE WAS RICH, YET HE WAS POOR

THOUGH HE SOUGHT, YET HE WAS FOUND

THOUGH HE WAS HATED, YET HE WAS LOVED –

THOUGH HE GAVE, YET HE RECEIVED

 

 

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Luke 19:1-10

A CONVERSION STORY

 

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector in Jericho. The Jews, who considered

tax collectors as traitors, would have considered Zacchaeus a great sinner.

They would have said that he needed to be converted, or changed. But

Zacchaeus was no different than anyone else then and now. If you haven't

already, you need to experience the same conversion that Zacchaeus did.

 

HE WAS SHORT, I AM SHORT - Vs. 3

Not only was Zacchaeus sort in stature, but he was short spiritually. He was

a sinner that needed salvation. Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10-18, 23

 

HE WAS SMART, I NEED TO BE SMART - Vss. 3-4

Zacchaeus sought after Jesus. That is the smartest thing anyone can do! When

we seek Jesus He finds us!

 

HE WAS SUMMONED, I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED - Vs. 5

He invites us to come to Him and believe on Him. Matthew 11:28, Revelation

22:17

 

HE WAS SAVED, I CAN BE SAVED - Vss. 6-10

Zacchaeus quickly responded to Jesus' summons.

We respond to Jesus' summons to salvation through faith. John 3:16,

Ephesians 2:8-9

There was a change in Zacchaeus' life that showed that he had truly been

converted. A person who is truly saved will also be a changed individual. 2

Corinthians 5:17

 

 

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Luke 19:1-10

ZACCHAEUS

 

Zacchaeus was:

 

A SEEKING SINNER - Vss. 1-4

A SOUGHT SINNER - Vss. 5-6

A SAVED SINNER - Vss. 7-8

 

 

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Luke 19:1-10

THE SINNER

 

Zacchaeus was:

A RENOWN SINNER - Vss. 1-2

A RESOURCEFUL SINNER - Vss. 3-4

A RECEIVED SINNER - Vss. 5-6

A REPENTANT SINNER - Vss. 7-8

A REDEEMED (OR RESTORED) SINNER - Vss. 9-10

 

 

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Luke 19:11-27

KINGDOM STORY

 

REASON – Vs. 11

The parable was told for the benefit of those who thought that the Lord was going to immediately establish His Kingdom

 

RESPONSIBILITIES – Vss. 12-13

While nobleman went on a trip, he gave responsibilities to his servants.

 

REJECTION – Vs. 14

The people of the kingdom rejected the nobleman’s leadership.

 

REWARDS – Vss. 15-19

When the nobleman returned he gave rewards to the faithful servants.

 

RETRIBUTION – Vss. 20-27

The wicked servant who did not invest and the enemies of the nobleman received punishment.

 

 

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Luke 19:28-48

UNDERSTANDING PALM SUNDAY

 

ARRANGEMENTS BY JESUS - Vss. 29-34

ARRIVAL OF JESUS - Vss. 35-36

ACCLAMATION FOR JESUS - Vss. 37-38

ANTAGONISM AGAINST JESUS - Vss. 39-40, 47-48

AGONY OF JESUS - Vss. 41-44

ANGER OF JESUS - Vss. 47-48

 

 

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Luke 19:28-48

A SPECIAL DAY

 

INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE MASTER - Vss. 28-34

 

INVOLVEMENT OF THE CROWD - Vss. 35-38

 

INDIGNATION OF THE PHARISEES - Vss. 39-40

 

INDICTMENT OF A CITY - Vss. 41-48

Indicted by His Words - Vss. 41-44

Indicted by His Actions - Vss. 45-48

 

 

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Luke 19:28-40

WELCOME THE KING

 

Down through the years people have gone out of their way to welcome those whom they have deemed important. 

World championship teams have been welcomed back to the home city with greeters at airports, parades, and rallies in their honor.

Dignitaries and celebrities have been welcomed with ticker tape parades, and have been given "keys to the city".

Royalty has been welcomed with red carpets, official banquets, special tours and great gifts.

Even in our homes, when someone special is coming we make a very special effort to make the person feel welcome.

 

About 2,000 years ago on what we know as "Palm Sunday",  The city of Jerusalem had a very special visitor.  He had been in the city many times before, but this time He presented Himself in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9.  Not everyone welcome the Lord Jesus with enthusiasm (Luke 19:42-44), but there are those who did.

 

Jesus, the Messiah, the King of Kings, was made to feel welcome, especially by his disciples. The ways they made Him feel welcome are the same ways true Christians should make Him feel welcome today.

 

WELCOME THE KING WITH FAITH - Vss. 37-38

The chant of "Blessed be the king that cometh in the name of the Lord..." was begun by those who truly trusted Him, His disciples.

True believers have trusted Christ as Savior by faith. John 3:16-18, Hebrews 11:6

 

WELCOME THE KING WITH OBEDIENCE - Vss. 29-35

The disciples did as they were told. John 14:15

 

WELCOME THE KING WITH GIFTS - Vss. 32-36

Jesus received the gift of the loan of a colt.

The disciples gave the gift of their time. Ephesians 5:16

The disciples gave of their resources (Clothes as a saddle and walk way.) 2 Corinthians 9:7, Proverbs 19:17

The disciples gave themselves. Romans 12:1

 

WELCOME THE KING WITH PRAISE Vss. 37-38

Revelation 4:11, Psalm 113

 

 

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Luke 19:28-44

HERE COMES THE LORD!

 (Palm Sunday)

 

THE LORD'S DIRECTIONS - Vss. 30-31

 

THE LORD'S DESIRE - Vss. 32-34

He had a need.

 

THE LORD'S DESIGNATION - Vss. 35-38

He's the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

 

THE LORD'S DECLARATION - Vss. 39-40

The rocks would cry out if His disciples didn't.

 

THE LORD'S DISTRESS - Vss. 41-44

 

 

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