Small in Stature, Great in Repentance | Luke 19:1-10

Small in Stature, Great in Repentance | Luke 19:1-10

Small in Stature, Great in Repentance – Luke 19:1-10

Lords Prayer

Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray?

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen

Introduction

Please stand for the reading of God’s Word.

Luke 19:1-10 ESV  He entered Jericho and was passing through.  (2)  And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.  (3)  And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature.  (4)  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.  (5)  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”  (6)  So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.  (7)  And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”  (8)  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”  (9)  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.  (10)  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

You may be seated

  • Jesus lead thousands of people to conversion during his time here on earth.
    • But there are only a handful of those conversions written out like this one for us to read about, for us to study.
    • What that tells me is that there is something EXTRODANARY about this conversion.
    • That the conversion of Zacchaeus was so outstanding that the Holy Spirit saw fit to make sure that we, a church in Iowa, read about it 2000 years after it happened.
    • Let me just recap this story for you…
      • Zacchaeus was a tax collector, his job was to collect money from all the villagers and peasants and low class people.
      • But the thing is, there were not a lot of laws governing how this worked… so must tax collectors would collect more than what was owed and pocket the extra, thus stealing from the population.
        • This problem amongst tax collectors was so widespread and rampant that the term “Tax Collector” became an insult used against anyone you wanted to degrade as a thief or a liar. In fact we see the phrase used this way in other places in scripture.
        • So we have this tax collector Zacchaeus, a short man, who wanted to see Jesus.
        • But because he was so short and the crowd was so large he couldn’t see over the people to see Jesus, so ol’ Zachy climes a tree.
        • Jesus see’s Zacchaeus in a tree, comes over and says “come down from there! We are having dinner in your house!
        • Then, in the presence of his Savior Zacchaeus repents of all wrong doing and pledges to give away half of his wealth plus some to people he defrauded.

Show Title Slide

  • Small in Stature, Great in Repentance
    • I think the two extraordinary things about this story, the two outstanding things about Zacchaeus’s conversion are his stature and the fullness of his repentance.
    • How many of y’all know that God doesn’t waste ink?
      • That means if there are details included in scripture they are there for a reason…
        • That means the details we get about Zacchaeus are important…
          • The fact that he was rich… important.
          • The fact that he was a chief tax collector… important
          • The fact that he was short… important.
          • The fact that he climbed a tree… important.
          • The fact that he gave half his wealth away… important.
          • The fact that he was willing to pay back each person he defrauded fourfold… that was important.
      • Say this with me “Details are important”… DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT.
        • So we are going to look at the details of todays scriptures and see how we can apply them to our lives, amen?

PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY

Point One – Don’t Let Worldly Circumstances Keep You From Christ

Luke 19:3-5 ESV  And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature.  (4)  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.  (5)  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”

  • Zacchaeus was small in stature… that’s the biblical way of saying “Dude was short”.
    • He was short! So short in fact that he could not see over the people in the crowd to see Jesus.
    • Now I wasn’t even going to talk about this point this morning, because I really wanted to just dive right into the part of Zacchaeus repenting… but then I remembered… DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT.
      • There is a reason Scripture talks about Zacchaeus’ height.
        • In fact I can’t think of any other place in scripture where it talks about someone’s height except for King Saul who was described as a head and shoulders above the rest, ruddy and incredibly handsome…
          • Much like myself I might add… (That’s where you say “Amen” Pastor Amanda. haha)
      • So the Story of King Saul, who is Tall, is a story that ends in Saul’s pride and destruction…
      • But the Story of Zacchaeus, who is short, is a story of humility and restoration. It’s funny how these things work out.
    • None-the-less, Zacchaeus is short, but he does not let his worldly circumstances keep him from Jesus… dude looks for a solution and finds it in a sycamore tree.
  • Therefore point one this morning is this “Don’t let your worldly circumstances keep your from Christ.
    • I will say it again: Don’t let your worldly circumstances keep you from Christ!
  • Do whatever it takes to get to Jesus!
  • For anyone listening who doesn’t know Christ… if you are listening to me and you have not been born again, you have not given EVERYTHING to Jesus…
    • What is stopping you? What is stopping you from giving it all to Jesus.
    • At the end of service we will give you an opportunity to be born again, to give it all to Jesus… You won’t even have to climb a Sycamore tree first.
    • I am simply going to ask you to raise your hand if you want to follow Jesus like Zacchaeus followed Jesus. Set in your heart right now that you are going to do that this morning!
      • And listen, if you are watching on the live stream, or maybe later you are watching this video on Youtube and you don’t know Jesus as Lord, what is stopping you?
      • Find me on facebook, Christian Shields in Cedar Rapids, and send me a message. Go to our website, CedarRapidsChurch.com and send us an email. Or, best yet, go find a local church that preaches the Bible, go there this Sunday, and find a way to talk to someone about praying to receive Jesus, ask the pastor, ask a leader, ask anyone and give it all to Jesus!
        • Church if y’all like seeing people give their lives to Jesus can I hear you say “Amen”?!

2 Corinthians 6:2 ESV  For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  (Amen?!)

  • But what about the rest of us… those who are born again, who know Jesus… how does this apply to you today?
    • Well the truth is circumstances can still keep us from Christ.
    • And the truth is, we as Christians let circumstances keep us from Christ all the time!
      • We do!
      • Don’t believe me, just look at how church attendance has dropped since the global pandemic.
        • Before the Rona hit we were at over 100 people every week.
        • Now we are lucky to have 75.
        • Why? Because there is this circumstance, the Coronavirus, that has caused people to second guess and reevaluate how they do everyday life… and that includes their faith.
        • And we did our best to stay safe and follow regulations… but when we started meeting again in Kat’s back yard… that first Sunday… man we should have been PACKED. That should have been our biggest Sunday ever!
      • But it wasn’t… why? Because of Circumstance.
        • Now I don’t have any stones to throw, here me now…
        • Livestreamers, I love that we have an option for you… and I will never look down on you.
          • But as your pastor let me encourage you in the faith.
          • Get to church. Get here. Find a way.
          • Livestreaming is good, but it’s not a replacement for in person fellowship.
          • God created us to be together, to worship together, to laugh, love, cry, and rejoice together.
          • Find a way, if you need to wear a mask and a face shield and gloves to feel safe, then do it. We won’t mock you.
          • Find a way.
          • If Zacchaeus can find a tree to see Jesus, you can find a way to be here and fellowship with the Body of Christ.
  • What circumstances have kept you from Christ?
    • Maybe you are hear physically even… but you are not here spiritually or emotionally.
    • Maybe you even read your bible every once and a while and pray every now and then… but you are not really fellowshipping with Jesus like you used to…
    • Why?
    • What is keeping you from Christ?
    • Maybe it is a sin in your life…
    • Maybe it is family drama.
    • Maybe you are just tired and can’t find the time…
      • Well Jesus says “Come to me and I will give you rest”.
      • Jesus says “You have a new family in me”
      • Jesus says “Confess and repent from your sins and I will restore you to all righteousness”.
  • What is keeping you from Christ this morning… are you willing to take the leap and go back to Him?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV  Rejoice always,  (17)  pray without ceasing,  (18)  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Point Two – Don’t Let Partial Repentance Keep Your From Christ

Luke 19:8-10 ESV  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”  (9)  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.  (10)  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

  • Zacchaeus was very likely a very nasty man.
    • Scripture says that he was a Chief Tax Collector.
      • That’s a bad start.
    • But it also says that he was very wealthy… well how do you get wealthy as a tax collector?
      • By stealing, that’s how.
    • And finally, when people saw Jesus going to Zacchaeus they all grumbled saying “WHAT? That dude is a sinner! Don’t go to him!”.
      • So we know Zacchaeus didn’t have a good reputation with the people.
    • All of this evidence tells us the odds are Zacchaeus was a very bad dude with a nasty past of stealing and extorting money from people.
      • We can’t say for sure but I think it is very likely that this is the case, But from the entirety of Scripture we definitely can say this for sure: God loves restoring and saving sinners! He loves saving the Lost!
  • Why do I share this? Because I know that you have a past… we all do.
    • I know that you have sins that are hanging over your life…
    • And I know that some of you may be tempted to try to keep one foot in the world… one foot in your sin… while trying to repent with the other.
      • You know what you are doing when you do that? You are letting your sin keep you from Christ.
  • That is the second point this morning… don’t let your sin keep you from Christ!
    • But I see it all the time… people let there sin… even born again Christians… let their sin keep them from Christ.
    • Sure they will repent, but they will only repent part way…
      • I will talk to a couple living in sexual sin, and they will promise to stop having sex, but they will refuse to move out from living together…
        • Never seen that one work out well.
      • I will call them out for drug use and they will repent “Well sure pastor I stopped smoking weed every day… but I still might smoke every once in a while with the hommies”.
      • “Yeah pastor, I stopped hanging out with most of the bad influences in my life… but this one dude has been my friend since I was a kid”.
        • SO WHAT?! If he is keeping you from Christ… ditch him!

Isaiah 59:2 ESV  but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

  • Church, our sin separates us from God… and a little bit of sin can leave a lot of separation…
    • So then, what is the solution…
      • Well it is the same for both the saved and the unsaved…
      • Repent fully!
      • For the unsaved that means giving your life once and for all to Jesus…
      • For the saved it means confessing and turning away from your sins…
      • But we have to do it fully! Look how Zacchaeus does it:

Luke 19:8 ESV  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”

  • First he says “I give away half of all I have to the poor”, that’s a good start… remember the rich young ruler refused to give away his possessions to the poor and went away sad…
    • Not ol Zachy! He starts by giving away his possessions and money.
    • But he doesn’t stop there… he then says “If I have defrauded anyone I will restore them fourfold.”
      • That fourfold is an important word… because it shows his level of repentance according to the Law of God.
      • You see when a person confessed to fraud and paid voluntary restitution Leviticus chapter 5 says they must pay back what is owed plus 20 per cent.
        • But when a thief was caught and had to be forced to pay back restitution the thief had to pay the victim double. Those laws are in Exodus 22.
        • But Exodus 22:1 (or 21:37 depending on Translation) and 2 Samuel 12:6 both say that if you steal essential items without pity for the victim you must pay it back fourfold!
      • Therefore when Zacchaeus says he will pay back fourfold to everyone he defrauded… he repented to the FULL extent of the Law… he did not try to lesson his sin… he did not try to reason his sin away… he repented in full!
  • Church, we all have sin… when it is revealed to you… repent in full! Not one foot in one foot out. Repent in full! Confess in full! Don’t hide from it, run to repentance!
    • Because in so doing you are running to Christ!

Conclusion

I want to conclude with this verse:

James 4:6-8 ESV  But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  (7)  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  (8)  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

  • Zacchaeus drew near to Jesus, he climbed the Sycamore tree.
    • In response, Jesus split the crowd… the thing separating Zacchaeus from Jesus… Jesus split the crowd and drew near to Zacchaeus.
      • Draw near to God church and He will draw near to you.
  • Gospel Call

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  • Confession Call

James 5:16 ESV  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Aaronic Blessing


יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך
ישא יהוה פניו אליך וישם לך שׁלום

“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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ya·eir · Adonai · pa·nav · e·ley’·kha · vee·khoon·ne’·kah

ees·sa · Adonai · pa·nav · e·ley’·kha · ve·ya·seim · le·kha · sha·lom


“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

Lords Prayer

Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray?

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen

Introduction

Please stand for the reading of God’s Word.

Luke 19:1-10 ESV  He entered Jericho and was passing through.  (2)  And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.  (3)  And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature.  (4)  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.  (5)  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”  (6)  So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.  (7)  And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”  (8)  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”  (9)  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.  (10)  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

You may be seated

  • Jesus lead thousands of people to conversion during his time here on earth.
    • But there are only a handful of those conversions written out like this one for us to read about, for us to study.
    • What that tells me is that there is something EXTRODANARY about this conversion.
    • That the conversion of Zacchaeus was so outstanding that the Holy Spirit saw fit to make sure that we, a church in Iowa, read about it 2000 years after it happened.
    • Let me just recap this story for you…
      • Zacchaeus was a tax collector, his job was to collect money from all the villagers and peasants and low class people.
      • But the thing is, there were not a lot of laws governing how this worked… so must tax collectors would collect more than what was owed and pocket the extra, thus stealing from the population.
        • This problem amongst tax collectors was so widespread and rampant that the term “Tax Collector” became an insult used against anyone you wanted to degrade as a thief or a liar. In fact we see the phrase used this way in other places in scripture.
        • So we have this tax collector Zacchaeus, a short man, who wanted to see Jesus.
        • But because he was so short and the crowd was so large he couldn’t see over the people to see Jesus, so ol’ Zachy climes a tree.
        • Jesus see’s Zacchaeus in a tree, comes over and says “come down from there! We are having dinner in your house!
        • Then, in the presence of his Savior Zacchaeus repents of all wrong doing and pledges to give away half of his wealth plus some to people he defrauded.

Show Title Slide

  • Small in Stature, Great in Repentance
    • I think the two extraordinary things about this story, the two outstanding things about Zacchaeus’s conversion are his stature and the fullness of his repentance.
    • How many of y’all know that God doesn’t waste ink?
      • That means if there are details included in scripture they are there for a reason…
        • That means the details we get about Zacchaeus are important…
          • The fact that he was rich… important.
          • The fact that he was a chief tax collector… important
          • The fact that he was short… important.
          • The fact that he climbed a tree… important.
          • The fact that he gave half his wealth away… important.
          • The fact that he was willing to pay back each person he defrauded fourfold… that was important.
      • Say this with me “Details are important”… DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT.
        • So we are going to look at the details of todays scriptures and see how we can apply them to our lives, amen?

PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY

Point One – Don’t Let Worldly Circumstances Keep You From Christ

Luke 19:3-5 ESV  And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature.  (4)  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.  (5)  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”

  • Zacchaeus was small in stature… that’s the biblical way of saying “Dude was short”.
    • He was short! So short in fact that he could not see over the people in the crowd to see Jesus.
    • Now I wasn’t even going to talk about this point this morning, because I really wanted to just dive right into the part of Zacchaeus repenting… but then I remembered… DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT.
      • There is a reason Scripture talks about Zacchaeus’ height.
        • In fact I can’t think of any other place in scripture where it talks about someone’s height except for King Saul who was described as a head and shoulders above the rest, ruddy and incredibly handsome…
          • Much like myself I might add… (That’s where you say “Amen” Pastor Amanda. haha)
      • So the Story of King Saul, who is Tall, is a story that ends in Saul’s pride and destruction…
      • But the Story of Zacchaeus, who is short, is a story of humility and restoration. It’s funny how these things work out.
    • None-the-less, Zacchaeus is short, but he does not let his worldly circumstances keep him from Jesus… dude looks for a solution and finds it in a sycamore tree.
  • Therefore point one this morning is this “Don’t let your worldly circumstances keep your from Christ.
    • I will say it again: Don’t let your worldly circumstances keep you from Christ!
  • Do whatever it takes to get to Jesus!
  • For anyone listening who doesn’t know Christ… if you are listening to me and you have not been born again, you have not given EVERYTHING to Jesus…
    • What is stopping you? What is stopping you from giving it all to Jesus.
    • At the end of service we will give you an opportunity to be born again, to give it all to Jesus… You won’t even have to climb a Sycamore tree first.
    • I am simply going to ask you to raise your hand if you want to follow Jesus like Zacchaeus followed Jesus. Set in your heart right now that you are going to do that this morning!
      • And listen, if you are watching on the live stream, or maybe later you are watching this video on Youtube and you don’t know Jesus as Lord, what is stopping you?
      • Find me on facebook, Christian Shields in Cedar Rapids, and send me a message. Go to our website, CedarRapidsChurch.com and send us an email. Or, best yet, go find a local church that preaches the Bible, go there this Sunday, and find a way to talk to someone about praying to receive Jesus, ask the pastor, ask a leader, ask anyone and give it all to Jesus!
        • Church if y’all like seeing people give their lives to Jesus can I hear you say “Amen”?!

2 Corinthians 6:2 ESV  For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  (Amen?!)

  • But what about the rest of us… those who are born again, who know Jesus… how does this apply to you today?
    • Well the truth is circumstances can still keep us from Christ.
    • And the truth is, we as Christians let circumstances keep us from Christ all the time!
      • We do!
      • Don’t believe me, just look at how church attendance has dropped since the global pandemic.
        • Before the Rona hit we were at over 100 people every week.
        • Now we are lucky to have 75.
        • Why? Because there is this circumstance, the Coronavirus, that has caused people to second guess and reevaluate how they do everyday life… and that includes their faith.
        • And we did our best to stay safe and follow regulations… but when we started meeting again in Kat’s back yard… that first Sunday… man we should have been PACKED. That should have been our biggest Sunday ever!
      • But it wasn’t… why? Because of Circumstance.
        • Now I don’t have any stones to throw, here me now…
        • Livestreamers, I love that we have an option for you… and I will never look down on you.
          • But as your pastor let me encourage you in the faith.
          • Get to church. Get here. Find a way.
          • Livestreaming is good, but it’s not a replacement for in person fellowship.
          • God created us to be together, to worship together, to laugh, love, cry, and rejoice together.
          • Find a way, if you need to wear a mask and a face shield and gloves to feel safe, then do it. We won’t mock you.
          • Find a way.
          • If Zacchaeus can find a tree to see Jesus, you can find a way to be here and fellowship with the Body of Christ.
  • What circumstances have kept you from Christ?
    • Maybe you are hear physically even… but you are not here spiritually or emotionally.
    • Maybe you even read your bible every once and a while and pray every now and then… but you are not really fellowshipping with Jesus like you used to…
    • Why?
    • What is keeping you from Christ?
    • Maybe it is a sin in your life…
    • Maybe it is family drama.
    • Maybe you are just tired and can’t find the time…
      • Well Jesus says “Come to me and I will give you rest”.
      • Jesus says “You have a new family in me”
      • Jesus says “Confess and repent from your sins and I will restore you to all righteousness”.
  • What is keeping you from Christ this morning… are you willing to take the leap and go back to Him?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV  Rejoice always,  (17)  pray without ceasing,  (18)  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Point Two – Don’t Let Partial Repentance Keep Your From Christ

Luke 19:8-10 ESV  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”  (9)  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.  (10)  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

  • Zacchaeus was very likely a very nasty man.
    • Scripture says that he was a Chief Tax Collector.
      • That’s a bad start.
    • But it also says that he was very wealthy… well how do you get wealthy as a tax collector?
      • By stealing, that’s how.
    • And finally, when people saw Jesus going to Zacchaeus they all grumbled saying “WHAT? That dude is a sinner! Don’t go to him!”.
      • So we know Zacchaeus didn’t have a good reputation with the people.
    • All of this evidence tells us the odds are Zacchaeus was a very bad dude with a nasty past of stealing and extorting money from people.
      • We can’t say for sure but I think it is very likely that this is the case, But from the entirety of Scripture we definitely can say this for sure: God loves restoring and saving sinners! He loves saving the Lost!
  • Why do I share this? Because I know that you have a past… we all do.
    • I know that you have sins that are hanging over your life…
    • And I know that some of you may be tempted to try to keep one foot in the world… one foot in your sin… while trying to repent with the other.
      • You know what you are doing when you do that? You are letting your sin keep you from Christ.
  • That is the second point this morning… don’t let your sin keep you from Christ!
    • But I see it all the time… people let there sin… even born again Christians… let their sin keep them from Christ.
    • Sure they will repent, but they will only repent part way…
      • I will talk to a couple living in sexual sin, and they will promise to stop having sex, but they will refuse to move out from living together…
        • Never seen that one work out well.
      • I will call them out for drug use and they will repent “Well sure pastor I stopped smoking weed every day… but I still might smoke every once in a while with the hommies”.
      • “Yeah pastor, I stopped hanging out with most of the bad influences in my life… but this one dude has been my friend since I was a kid”.
        • SO WHAT?! If he is keeping you from Christ… ditch him!

Isaiah 59:2 ESV  but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

  • Church, our sin separates us from God… and a little bit of sin can leave a lot of separation…
    • So then, what is the solution…
      • Well it is the same for both the saved and the unsaved…
      • Repent fully!
      • For the unsaved that means giving your life once and for all to Jesus…
      • For the saved it means confessing and turning away from your sins…
      • But we have to do it fully! Look how Zacchaeus does it:

Luke 19:8 ESV  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”

  • First he says “I give away half of all I have to the poor”, that’s a good start… remember the rich young ruler refused to give away his possessions to the poor and went away sad…
    • Not ol Zachy! He starts by giving away his possessions and money.
    • But he doesn’t stop there… he then says “If I have defrauded anyone I will restore them fourfold.”
      • That fourfold is an important word… because it shows his level of repentance according to the Law of God.
      • You see when a person confessed to fraud and paid voluntary restitution Leviticus chapter 5 says they must pay back what is owed plus 20 per cent.
        • But when a thief was caught and had to be forced to pay back restitution the thief had to pay the victim double. Those laws are in Exodus 22.
        • But Exodus 22:1 (or 21:37 depending on Translation) and 2 Samuel 12:6 both say that if you steal essential items without pity for the victim you must pay it back fourfold!
      • Therefore when Zacchaeus says he will pay back fourfold to everyone he defrauded… he repented to the FULL extent of the Law… he did not try to lesson his sin… he did not try to reason his sin away… he repented in full!
  • Church, we all have sin… when it is revealed to you… repent in full! Not one foot in one foot out. Repent in full! Confess in full! Don’t hide from it, run to repentance!
    • Because in so doing you are running to Christ!

Conclusion

I want to conclude with this verse:

James 4:6-8 ESV  But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  (7)  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  (8)  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

  • Zacchaeus drew near to Jesus, he climbed the Sycamore tree.
    • In response, Jesus split the crowd… the thing separating Zacchaeus from Jesus… Jesus split the crowd and drew near to Zacchaeus.
      • Draw near to God church and He will draw near to you.
  • Gospel Call

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  • Confession Call

James 5:16 ESV  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Aaronic Blessing


יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך
ישא יהוה פניו אליך וישם לך שׁלום

“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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ya·eir · Adonai · pa·nav · e·ley’·kha · vee·khoon·ne’·kah

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“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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