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Life is about relationships.
Message By
Brother Pablo Molina

Luke 19:1-10 (ESV)
1 He entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.
3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature.
4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”
6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.
7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

 

Introduction:
Life is about relationships. If you have all the toys and riches in life but you don’t have people to enjoy them with, then life really isn’t that good. On the other hand, if you have troubles, poverty, and struggles in life but are surrounded by friends and family who love you—then life isn’t really that bad.
Relationships, not circumstances, make or break enjoyment of life. The Proverbs say something similar: “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it” (Prov. 15:17).
We see Jesus initiate contact in this passage. Jesus walks up to the tax collector and calls him by name, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today” (v. 5).

The Drama of the Gospel:
Jesus was just “passing through” (v. 1) when he interacted with Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector and the job made him rich. He was also a man of small stature, so he climbed up in a tree to see Jesus.
With all his riches, power, and prestige, somehow Zacchaeus seemed to be longing for more. Right before Jesus came to town he healed a blind beggar (Luke 18:35–43). Maybe Zacchaeus wondered why someone with such a following would humble himself so drastically. Perhaps Zacchaeus was lonely. Regardless, Zacchaeus was looking for the gospel. He was longing for a relationship, so he went to see Jesus.
What happened that day was dramatic. Zacchaeus climbed up in a tree so he could see the glory of Jesus. The Son of God however wants to enter our homes, our hearts, and our workplace. Zacchaeus “received him joyfully” (v. 6), and the gospel began to change his heart.

The Tragedy of the Gospel:
This passage also shows the tragedy of a hardened heart. While Jesus and Zacchaeus were dining, and talking, others in the crowd “all grumbled” (v. 7). “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner” (v. 7). Here we see the tragedy of a heart that doesn’t understand the gospel. You can just imagine them saying, “He is a rich, godless tax collector, but we are the ones that have been faithful. Why didn’t Jesus come to our house? Why would Jesus go to a sinner’s house?

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