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November 16, 2014 | Encountering Christ in the Strangest Places (SERIES: When Jesus Is Not Who You Think - Part 5)

 

Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside

 

Luke 19:1-10

 

He was a little man with a little heart.  He became a little man with a big heart.  The Christ-touched heart is a different heart.

 

Jesus is on His way through Jericho, and it almost has a parade feel.  People are encountering Christ as He passes through. When you really think about it, you can see Jesus if you want to badly enough. He can be found it the strangest places.  Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus, but that was surpassed by Jesus wanting to see him.

 

His Encounter with Christ Involved a NEW IDENTITY.

 

  1. Zacchaeus was alienated, ostracized, and very lonely.

    “I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isa. 43:1b, NLT).

  2. After their encounter, Jesus could call him a believer, a follower, a disciple.

 

 

His Encounter with Christ Produced a SUDDEN CHANGE.

 

  1. Christ is concerned about the neediest, the desperate, the most God-forsaken among us.

    “When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today’” (Luke 19:5).
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  3. Grace is the love of God extended freely to those who don’t deserve it.  

    “Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham’” (Luke 19:9).
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  5. When we are “up a tree” in our sins and alienation from God, Christ’s grace is being extended to us.  We must leave the tree of our old sinful self and come to Jesus.

 

 

His Encounter with Christ Brought an INWARD TRANSFORMATION.

 

  1. When the grace of God gets a hold of someone, things change inside.

    “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” (v. 8).

  2. The Christ-touched heart wants to “walk the walk.”  The Christ-touched heart wants to life like Christ.

 

 

His Encounter with Christ Resulted in OUTWARD ACTION.

 

  1. Zacchaeus renounces his sin and Jesus proclaims his salvation.

    “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones” (Luke 3:8, NLT).

    And “Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ He replied, ‘Collect no more taxes than the government requires’” (Luke 3:12-13, NLT).

  2. One real test of our commitment to Christ is how eager we are to give of ourselves and our resources.

 


Zacchaeus began to make a difference in his community.  He gave generously to the work of Christ.  The poor were aided.  Cheated persons had their money restored with interest.  And Zacchaeus went about spreading the good news about Jesus.  One man who encountered Christ began to change his whole community.

 

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