The Tax Collector

Posted: June 22, 2016 in TLCC
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Reading through the book of Luke, I realized that God is really at work in terms of salvation. This is something that he does, and not a work of man.

Look at the case of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

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First, Jesus went to Jericho (Luke 19:1). He was passing through as he was headed to Jerusalem, to die. Jesus was being purposeful in going to Jericho.

The story then shifts to a man named Zacchaeus. He is rich. He is the chief tax collector. He is short. We can say that Zacchaeus is a sinner, and nobody wanted to hang out with him.

When Zacchaeus found out Jesus was in town, he ran and climbed up a Sycamore tree. Grown men don’t run nor do they climb trees.
Then, Jesus went to Zacchaeus (Luke 19:5). The purpose of passing through Jericho was clear…

Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.

Jesus called Zacchaeus by name, and then states that he is going to his house. Looking at this, we can say that Jesus knows us by name, calls us out, and was the one who approached us, not the other way around.

Zacchaeus responded by receiving Jesus joyfully (Luke 19:6). Not only did Zacchaeus responded joyfully, he acknowledges the Lordship of Jesus…

Behold, Lord…(Luke 19:8)

Zacchaeus was a marked man at this point. His lord is no longer Caesar but Jesus. He didn’t just acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus but he moved into action. So it is when we are repentant. We don’t just confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. There is a change in how we do things. Genuine Repentance leads to change.

Then look at what Jesus says afterwards…

Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:9-10)

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. It is really not our own doing. So to sum up, here is the anatomy of a salvation experience…

(1) God draws himself to man.
(2) Man responds and acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus.
(3) Salvation then comes.

Can you do me a favor? If these ideas resonate with you, would you:

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