Zacchaeus Was a Big Man

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					       Zacchaeus




Was A Wee Little Man
 Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little
                   man was he;
He climbed up in the sycamore tree, for the Lord he
                  wanted to see.
And as the Lord came walking by, He looked up in
                     the tree.
 And He said, “Zacchaeus, you come down from
                       there,
        For I‟m going to your house today.
        For I‟m going to your house today.”
Saul was head and shoulders above his peers
And he [Kish] had a son, whose name was Saul, a
choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not
among the children of Israel a goodlier person than
he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher
than any of the people.
                                   I Samuel 9:2
Saul was head and shoulders above his peers

It was assumed that Eliab (David‟s brother) was to
be Saul‟s successor because of his stature; but
such was not the case
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his
countenance, or on the height of his stature; because
I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man
seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the Lord looketh on the heart.
                                   I Samuel 16:7
Saul was head and shoulders above his peers

It was assumed that Eliab (David‟s brother) was to
be Saul‟s successor because of his stature; but
such was not the case

Jesus warned against judging by
mere appearance
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge
righteous judgment.
                                    John 7:24
Saul was head and shoulders above his peers

It was assumed that Eliab (David‟s brother) was to
be Saul‟s successor because of his stature; but
such was not the case

Jesus warned against judging by
mere appearance

How do you suppose the Lord saw
Zacchaeus?
             It Takes
            A Big Man

To Reach Upward
And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And,
behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which
was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could
not for the press, because he was little of stature.
And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore
tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
                                      Luke 19:1-4
Humbling for him to climb a tree to be able to see the
approaching Lord
And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus,
which was the chief among the publicans, and he
was rich.
                                    Luke 19:2
Humbling for him to climb a tree to be able to see the
approaching Lord

We all must reach upward to obey Heaven’s call
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly
calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our
profession, Christ Jesus;
                                    Hebrews 3:1
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the
obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
                           II Thessalonians 2:14
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest.
                           Matthew 11:28
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which
are behind, and reaching forth unto those things
which are before, I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
                              Philippians 3:13-14
Humbling for him to climb a tree to be able to see the
approaching Lord

We all must reach upward to obey Heaven’s call


We all must reach upward to be like Jesus
And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose. For whom he did
foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed
to the image of his Son, that he might be the
firstborn among many brethren.
                             Romans 8:28, 29
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also
suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should
follow his steps:
                                      I Peter 2:21
Humbling for him to climb a tree to be able to see the
approaching Lord

We all must reach upward to obey Heaven’s call


We all must reach upward to be like Jesus


We all must reach upward to serve others
But he that is greatest among you shall be your
servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be
abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be
exalted.
                          Matthew 23:11, 12
         It Takes
        A Big Man

To Recognize His
 Need For Jesus
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up,
and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make
haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy
house. And he made haste, and came down, and
received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all
murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest
with a man that is a sinner.
                                    Luke 19:5-7
Zacchaeus needed Jesus because he was a sinner
And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying,
That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a
sinner.
                                     Luke 19:7
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
                                      Romans 3:10
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God;
                                  Romans 3:23
Zacchaeus needed Jesus because he was a sinner


The Pharisees failed to recognize their need for Jesus
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this
world, that they which see not might see; and that
they which see might be made blind. And some of
the Pharisees which were with him heard these
words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus
said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no
sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin
remaineth.
                                   John 9:39-41
Zacchaeus needed Jesus because he was a sinner


The Pharisees failed to recognize their need for Jesus


Many in Zacchaeus’ place trusted in their positions and
their possessions
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and
were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou,
Ye shall be made free?
                                     John 8:33
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not
highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living
God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they
do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to
distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for
themselves a good foundation against the time to come,
that they may lay hold on eternal life.
                                   I Timothy 6:17-19
Zacchaeus needed Jesus because he was a sinner


The Pharisees failed to recognize their need for Jesus


Many in Zacchaeus’ place trusted in their positions and
their possessions

We must trust in God and not in self
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him;
and he shall bring it to pass.
                                  Psalms 37:5
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not
unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways
acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be
not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart
from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow
to thy bones.
                                     Proverbs 3:5-8
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted
in themselves that they were righteous, and despised
others:
                                       Luke 18:9
O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in
himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his
steps.
                                Jeremiah 10:23
Zacchaeus needed Jesus because he was a sinner


The Pharisees failed to recognize their need for Jesus


Many in Zacchaeus’ place trusted in their positions and
their possessions

We must trust in God and not in self

Jesus is the only Source of eternal life
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go
away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to
whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal
life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that
Christ, the Son of the living God.
                                   John 6:67-69
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is
none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved.
                                        Acts 4:12
            It Takes
           A Big Man

To Restore Ill-Gotten
       Gains
Zacchaeus was willing to restore anything he had not
obtained honestly
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord;
Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the
poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by
false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
                                          Luke 19:8
Zacchaeus was willing to restore anything he had not
obtained honestly


Tax collectors of his day notorious for obtaining funds
unethically, especially chief tax collectors


The Old Testament demanded restitution
If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or
sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four
sheep for a sheep.
                                       Exodus 22:1
And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he
did this thing, and because he had no pity.
                                   II Samuel 12:6
If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the
LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was
delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing
taken away by violence, or hath deceived his
neighbour; Or have found that which was lost, and
lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all
these that a man doeth, sinning therein: Then it
shall be, because he hath         sinned, and is
guilty, that he shall
restore that which he took violently away, or the
thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which
was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he
found.
                                  Leviticus 6:2-4
If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he
had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without
committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not
die.
                                     Ezekiel 33:15
Zacchaeus was willing to restore anything he had not
obtained honestly


Tax collectors of his day notorious for obtaining funds
unethically, especially chief tax collectors


The Old Testament demanded restitution


The New Testament implies it
Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient
unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them
of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all
the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that
they should repent and turn to God, and do works
meet for repentance.
                                  Acts 26:19-20
“No man should expect mercy at the hand
of God, who, having wronged his
neighbor, refuses, when he has it in his
power, to make restitution. Were he to
weep tears of blood, both the
justice and mercy of God
would shut out his prayers
if he make not his neighbor
amends for the injury he
has done him.”      -Adam Clarke
“In vain may anyone tell me he repents
slandering me while he refuses to correct
his false statements concerning me, or
that he repents stealing
my horse while he
continues to ride him
without my consent.”
              -T.W. Brents
            It Takes
           A Big Man

To Repent of His Sins
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord;
Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the
poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by
false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
                                          Luke 19:8
Zacchaeus showed by his willingness to make restitution
that he understood repentance and realized his need to
repent


Jesus’ statement shows that Zacchaeus had repented
And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come
to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of
Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to
save that which was lost.
                                 Luke 19:9, 10
Zacchaeus showed by his willingness to make restitution
that he understood repentance and realized his need to
repent


Jesus’ statement shows that Zacchaeus had repented


Repentance is a most difficult command; many are not
willing to surrender their will to God
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and
forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the
goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy
hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself
wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the
righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man
according to his deeds: To them who by patient
continuance in well doing seek for glory and   honour
and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are
contentious, and do not
obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and
wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man
that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh
good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
                                       Romans 2:4-10
For ye know how that afterward, when he [Esau]
would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected:
for he found no place of repentance, though he
sought it carefully with tears.
                                 Hebrews 12:17
   Make No Mistake…




Zacchaeus Was A BIG Man
    It Takes a Big Man to Reach Upward


It Takes a Big Man to See His Need for Jesus


It Takes a Big Man to Restore Ill-Gotten Gains


  It Takes a Big Man to Repent of His Sins
From an outline by James Pasley- PTP „08

				
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