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Out on a Limb

Text: Luke 19:1-10 (NIV)

1 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 being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 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.’”

8 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 what was lost.”

I.        Introduction:

II.      The Sinner: A Wicked Man

A.      Within A City Noted for its Glory

B.      With A Name Communicating Irony

C.      With A Career Feeding on Injury

D.      With A Life Lived in luxury

III.   The Seeker: A Curious Man

A.      Inquisitive Motivation

B.      Handicapped  Condition

C.      Remarkable Determination

IV.    The Sought: A Wanted Man

A.      The Insistent Call of Jesus

1.       The Call Made: Obedience Demanded

a)       A Call to Come

b)       A Place to Lodge

2.       The Call Answered: Obedience Demonstrated

a)       Answered Immediately

b)       Answered Joyfully

B.      The Intolerant Contrast to Jesus

1.       Criticizing Instead of Affirming

2.       Demeaning Instead of Uplifting

V.      The Saved: A Found Man

A.      A Bold Repentance

1.       Boldly Announced to Jesus

2.       Boldly Demonstrated by Restitution

B.      A Beautiful Salvation

1.       Attested by Christ

2.       Adopted by Faith

3.       Afforded by Christ

VI.    Conclusion:

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