Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 21, 2021
On the Road to Jerusalem—Zacchaeus
Scripture: Luke 19:1-10
Introduction: We are literally days away from Jesus’ final arrival at the holy city. This approximate six-month journey to Jerusalem finds them at the doorstep…Jericho. The pace picks up in Luke’s story when a potential follower of Jesus defects (18:18-25); a third prediction of his death and resurrection is given to his disciples (18:31-34; and a blind beggar is healed…outside of Jericho (18:35-43).
19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.
4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “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.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”