A New Story - West Jordan
Think About it: The IMPACT of Jesus motivates our INTEREST in Jesus.
Luke 19:1-4 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
KEY TRUTH #1: Our search for SIGNIFICANCE is actually SOMEONE significant searching for us.
Luke 19:5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
KEY TRUTH #2: People who are nothing LIKE Jesus, like Jesus, and Jesus LIKES them back.
Luke 19:6-7 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
KEY TRUTH #3: Religion requires a change of BEHAVIOR, the Gospel inspires a change of HEART.
Luke 19:8-10 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “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.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
GOSPEL TRUTH: The INFLUENCE we have on others lives will never outpace the IMPACT Jesus has on our own lives.