HUNGER: Jesus & Zacchaeus

Air Date: 2/21/18

Luke 19:1-10

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-figtree 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.”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.”

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.”

Teaching Points:

  • SEEK & SAVE (v. 10) – this is the backdrop and foundation for the whole passage: Jesus came to SEEK and save the lost!
  • TAX COLLECTOR (v.2) – sinner; despised by Jews; traitor and fraud
  • UNABLE TO SEE (v.3) – physically & spiritually
  • RAN & CLIMBED (v.4) – In the East, it is unusual for a man to run, especially a wealthy government official, yet Zacchaeus ran down the street like a little boy to see Jesus, and he even climbed a tree! (Wiersbe, NT Commentary, 202)
  • LOOKED UP (v. 5a) – Jesus saw Zacchaeus and invited him into His world.
  • YOUR HOUSE (v. 5b) – Jesus didn’t just teach sinners, He engaged with them in their world.  
  • GRUMBLE (v. 7) – the religious grumbled at Jesus’ interaction with such a sinner.
  • SEEK (v. 10) – Jesus didn’t just preach in the synagogues; He sought after lost sinners.