(08-07-27) Zacchaeus - Ezekiel 11.17-20; Romans 5.1-11; Luke 19.1-10
Ezekiel 11:17-20; Romans 5:1-11; Luke 19:1-10
· One of the most well-known stories of Jesus
o comic image of a short man up a tree
o the murmuring about Jesus socialising with the wrong people
o the ‘baddie’ tax-collector turned good
o the dramatic change in Zacchaeus’ present and future
· Often the most important things are put simply
o 2 points to say about the story
· Salvation comes to Zacchaeus when he accepts Jesus
· Mae iachawdwriaeth yn dod i Zac wrth iddo dderbyn Iesu
o what causes Zacchaeus’ curiosity?
§ conscience – is he aware of his wrongdoing?
§ greed – what can this man do for me?
§ inquisitiveness – who is this man?
o either way, he encounters Jesus who causes a change
§ what is said in Zacchaeus’ house is unknown, but Zacchaeus’ comes to a place of repentance
o darganfyddodd Zacchaeus tangnefedd gyda Duw
o Zacchaeus discovered ‘peace with God’
o as Paul speaks of in Romans
· Salvation leads to a changed life
· Mae iachawdwriaeth yn arwain i fywyd newydd
o repentance begins with a change of heart, but becomes a change of action, lifestyle
o Ezekiel – a heart of flesh for a heart of stone
o fruit of the Spirit (Ephesians last Sunday)
§ evidence of a restored relationship with God
o Zacchaeus’ declaration of a new life
§ prompting Jesus’ declaration to the crowd; “Today, salvation has come to this house...”
· This is remarkably costly for Zacchaeus
· Mae hwn yn costio llawer / drudfawr i Zacchaeus
o but he doesn’t care – he has received a peace with God which is of infinitely more value than what he is to give back to people
· Are we willing to accept Jesus every time we encounter Him?
o can we keep coming back to that place of repentance?
· Are we willing to be changed by Him, whatever the cost
o do we see the value of what He has laid before us?