This message was preached by A Jayvia zoom at Word Of Grace Church on March 15th,2021. for the audio please click here. For the worship please click here
Why did Jesus come into this world? – To seek and save the lost.
Today, let us look into the story of Zacchaeus - Luke 19
From Luke chapter 9, we see that Jesus and His disciples travelled and many incidents were recorded through their travel. Now, He’s on a mission, walking towards Jerusalem where he would be crucified. He’s just given sight to a blind man. People around him were waiting in anticipation of what He would do next.
Nine years back, I was at this place. Not seeking Jesus but curious about Jesus. I had questions in my mind. Today maybe you are at that same place.
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” - Luke 19:5
Before this verse, we could imagine Jesus saying – Zacchaeus, you are an oppressor, you always cheated people, you are a traitor. But Jesus didn’t say anything of that sort. Instead, he said, “Zacchaeus, come down…”
We would think Zacchaeus was the seeker. No, it was Jesus who was seeking him.
It was God who chose Zacchaeus. God chooses us. We don’t come to him. God draws us to Himself. Zacchaeus was able to make that effort because God had already chosen him. Seeking is not worthless. We need to keep seeking.
So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.- Luke 19:6
Zacchaeus welcomed Jesus not just into his house but also into his heart.
All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” – Luke 19:7
At the beginning of this story, Zacchaeus was hated but now people started muttering about Jesus. Very soon this is what was going to happen to him. Everybody was going to mutter about him, mock him, and put a crown of thorns on his head.
We are not worthy of God but God made us worthy with His unconditional love.
We all know the rich man story. He kept all the commands and asked Jesus what else he can do to enter God’s Kingdom. Jesus asked him to sell all his possessions.
He is the same God who delivered the Israelites from Egypt. He is the same God who Isaiah prophesied about. He is the same God who John wrote about – In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God. He is the same God who was crucified. He is the same God who finished the work on the cross. Now, there’s nothing that we can do to make Him love us more or less.
It was not by works, not by might but only by the grace of God.