Grace Church of The Nazarene 
5360 Clem Road, Portage, Indiana 46368

 

 

  Grace Church of The Nazarene 
5360 Clem Road, Portage, Indiana 46368

 

 

Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 21, 2021

 

 

On the Road to Jerusalem—Zacchaeus

 

 

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”

(Luke 5:31, 32).

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”

(Luke 19:10).

 

 

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. 

A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy

He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 

So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 

So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

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.”

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.”

 

 

Applications to be made…

 

1.  How does Zacchaeus compare with the rich ruler (18:18-30) in his approach to Jesus?  In his response?

 

2.  Why would Jesus dine with him?  Why does this bother others?  Do you think Jesus’ words (v. 9-10) stopped the crowd’s murmuring?  Why or why not?  On what basis does Jesus confirm Zacchaeus’ salva-tion?

 

3.  Where did Jesus first find you:  Up a tree?  Out on a limb?

 

4.  How did he get you to come down:  A little coaxing?  A big scare? An invitation you couldn’t refuse?