Never too Joyful – Zaccheus – Pastor Bruce Lerum

 

Sermon – Luke 19:1-10

Isaiah 12:1-6

Psalm 145:8-16

Feb 8, 2015

Never too Joyful – Zaccheus

 

An unhappy Christian is an oxymoron.

Joy comes from a healthy relationship with God.

 

Isaiah 12:6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.

 

Zaccheus change of heart led him to a place of extreme giving.

Great joy comes with great giving!

 

Luke 19:8 “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.”(

 

You have the power, the ability, to impact the life of everyone you encounter…that means EVERYONE.

Joy is meant to be passed on to others.

 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through [Christ] who gives me strength.

 

 

Qs

 

  1. Zacchaeus short stature made it necessary for him to climb the sycamore tree in order to see over the taller people along the roadside. What would be the attraction for Zacchaeus and the rest of the crowd who wanted to see Jesus? What kinds of things had Jesus already done to gain such notoriety?

 

  1. Jesus often (usually, always) chose to mix with the crowd considered by the Jewish leader to be marginal members of society. Why would Zacchaeus, a rich and influential man, be considered a marginal member of society? (HINT: Would the fact that he was a Jewish tax collector have anything to do with it?)

 

  1. After getting over what may have been the shock of having Jesus single him out from the rest of the crowd, Zacchaeus either didn’t hear or he ignored the mutterings of the crowd. Describe the joy that caused him to give away half of his possessions and repay more than he had taken from those he had cheated. Where does that joy originate?

 

  1. “Today salvation has come to this house” was Jesus statement on his exchange with Zacchaeus. Having been lost, Zacchaeus is assured by Jesus of his salvation and that of his whole household. What does Jesus state is His purpose in coming to earth? What does that mean for us …and for you in particular?

 

 

  1. When we feel joy in our heart, in our being, we each show it in different ways. How do you, as an individual, show it? What does joy do to your outlook at the time? How can you make that part of your lifestyle; an intentional part of who you are?

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