Luke 19: 1-10

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 asycamore 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 stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will 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.”

Don’t look upon people as to what they are, rather, what they can be

I. THE CHARACTER—Luke 19:1–4

A. His name was Zaccheus

1. He was a publican—tax collector

2. He was rich—perhaps though dishonestly

3. He was a short man

B. Anxious to see Jesus—“Climbed a sycamore tree”

(Are you anxious to be with Jesus?—Ps. 122:1)


A. Jesus’ orders—“Come down”

(I must abide at your house. Is Jesus at your house?)

B. His obedience

1. Made haste and came down

2. Received Jesus joyfully

3. He did not ask any questions or make any excuses, but obeyed


A. The people complained because Jesus took time with a sinner

B. Jesus loves “bad people” and wants to save them

C. Christians need to be interested in “bad people” and seek to win them to Christ

D. Too many Christians feel that they are too good to fellowship with sinners


A. Gave his money to the poor

(Giving is a good sign of real Christianity)

B. Restitution—“Restored fourfold”

(Not only right with God, but right with man)

C. Salvation—“Today salvation is come to thy house”

(Yes, Jesus’ blood cleanses “bad people,” too)

D. Christ’s mission—v. 10

(Seek and save those that are lost)

Christ had time for Zaccheus, though he was a tax collector, and was hated by others. Christ didn’t see the bad—He saw the good

 Pentz, C. M. (1968). 52 Simple Sermon Outlines (p. 11). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.


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