Jesus and Zacchaeus
Accompanying John MacArthur sermons: A Sinner Meets a Seeking Saviour Part 1 and Part 2
Accompanying Mark Driscoll sermon: Jesus and Zacchaeus
What stands out to me in this story is the immediate fruit of Zacchaeus' salvation.
The passage doesn't tell us what Jesus said to Zacchaeus as far as gospel presentation goes. It doesn't need to. We know what Jesus would have preached. What we don't know, is whether or not the gospel would take root in the life of Zacchaeus. And so the text tells us. It took root all right!
Zacchaeus went from someone who made a living as as traitorous thief to a generous benefactor determined to make restitution - times 4! - for his wrongs. That does not happen without a transformed heart. That does not happen without the transforming power of Jesus on his life.
The impossible happened. A rich man entered the kingdom of heaven (love how this story follows after Luke 18!). With God, nothing is impossible.
Salvation requires repentance. Repentance from our unrighteousness? Absolutely. Repentance from our righteous acts? Yes! As it says in Isaiah - even our righteous deeds are as filthy rags to our holy God.
Jesus sought out Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was repentant. And it was evidenced in a transformed life. Immediately.
Is there evidence of our salvation?
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 19:11-27