The ministry of Jesus is to seek and save the lost. In this story, He brings salvation to the most unlikely of sinners, but not everyone approves…
I. Salvation is wholly a gracious work of God.
II. Grace is amazing. It is also controversial, scandalous, and deeply unpopular.
III. Repentance is confession of sin, turning to God, and resolution to walk in new obedience.
IV. The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Questions and points for further study:
Did Zacchaeus earn his salvation by paying his debts and giving to the poor?
Does Jesus reference to Zacchaeus as a son of Abraham indicate that he is saved by his Judaism?
Read Exodus 22 and/or Leviticus 6. What were Zacchaeus’ responsibilities vis-à-vis restitution according to the Old Testament law?
Read the account of the blind beggar in Luke 18: 35-43. It is another account of Jesus singling a man out of a Jericho crowd. Compare and contrast Jesus’ words and actions with the Zacchaeus narrative.
In your ministry, do you seek the lost or the righteous?
This is the second sermon in our series, "Jesus, Friend of Sinners". Today, April 11th, 2021, Brent Whitefield delivers his sermon from Luke 19:1-10 entitled "Zacchaeus".