By Rick Morris, July 31, 2022

1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. 3 Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly. 7 When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, "He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." 8 Zaccheus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I give back four times as much.” 9 And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. 10"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Luke 19:1-10

The Crowd’s Response: Disapproval

“He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”

The Problem: Are we good enough

"For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:20

21" You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.' 22 "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
Matthew 5:21-22

"Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:48

Jump the Grand Canyon Contest

Christ’s Response: His mission statement

"… the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)

"… the Son of Man came to … the lost.”

"… the Son of Man came … to the lost.”

Zacchaeus’ Response: Joy and transformation

When Jesus enters a life, it changes things