Even tax collectors can meet Jesus.
Crowd hated Zacchaeus. That’s why he didn’t go into the crowd.
Maybe he wanted to see Jesus, but the crowd that followed Jesus prevented him.
We don’t, not serve Jesus in everything because we don’t love Him, but because we love something else a bit more. That is idolatry.
Idolatry doesn’t make sense, but only make sense if you love something else more than you love Jesus.
Zacchaeus loved money more. What do we love more?
If the idols get dealt with, it will be replaced with something far greater. Zacchaeus let go of his love of money, and Jesus stepped in.
We could be Zacchaeus? OR
We could be the crowd?
The crowd who followed Jesus, hated what Jesus did when He paid attention to Zacchaeus. Are we sometimes stumbling blocks for others to have an encounter with Jesus?
When Zacchaeus responded to Jesus, Jesus didn’t address his issues, Jesus loved him. Jesus was prepared to go outside of His own culture to love people.
We love influential people and talk about them. We love power.
Are we prepared to hang out with people outside of your culture and comfort? Hospitality is a Biblical requirement. Hospitality is part of the Gospel.
Corinthians = if I do not have love, I am worth nothing.
Are we loving people? Are we being hospitable?
Hospitality is not to entertain! It’s an attitude of loving people.
Luke 4 says: Jesus left. He went to the other town. We also need to continue to go. Luke 18:9….(Read the rest)
“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.”…….
⁃ Jesus tells a parable. We have a choice: be like the one or the other.
Luke 18:18…. (read the story)
“A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.”….
Zacchaeus’ story similar.
⁃ Jesus loved both, Zacchaeus and the rich you man.
⁃ The one did what Jesus said, the other did not.
⁃ The ones household was saved, the other not.
⁃ The one let go of his idol, and the other not.
What do we need to let go of in order to take hold of ….. ?
Jesus demands that we have His presence.
When we get what Jesus did and continues to do for us it will revolutionize us. Let’s allow Him to complete to good work He started in us.