Conversion of a Sinner
INTRODUCTION: What a human story this is—a well known,
well-to-do, public man climbing a tree to get a look at
Jesus who was passing by! (a) It is the record of a
sudden conversion (b) It is the story of the conversion
of an unlikely man. (c) This man's conversion was
thorough. How did the miracle happen? This study might
well be entitled: "How To Be Saved and Know It." How can
one be saved and know it?
I. FIRST, YOU
MUST MEAN BUSINESS AND SEEK THE LORD WITH DETERMINATION.
Look at verses 2 and 3. Was Zacchaeus simply curious to
see who Jesus was? He was tremendously earnest, for he
"sought Jesus," but what he did not realize was that
Jesus was seeking him. Here, then, we have a seeking
Saviour and a seeking sinner, and the two are bound to
2. YOU MUST OVERCOME SOME
Look at verses 2, 3, and 4.
Consider the valid reasons that Zacchaeus could have
given for not seeking Christ. But Zacchaeus overcame all
these objections. He even overcame his pride, the
greatest hindrance of all; and if you are not saved you
will have to overcome certain obstacles before you can
come into a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus
3. YOU MUST RECEIVE THE LORD
JESUS AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOUR.
verses 5-6. A Christian, a believer, one who is "saved,"
is one who has received the Lord Jesus. No-one is a
Christian who has not received the Lord Jesus. This is a
very personal matter, as verse 6 indicated—"He (Zacchaeus)
received Him (Jesus)."
4. YOU MUST EXPECT
AND BE READY FOR MISUNDERSTANDING AND OPPOSITION.
Look at verse 7. This opposition was directed against
the Lord, but Zacchaeus was at the center of it. The
people "murmured," but Zacchaeus took his stand with
Christ, although it meant being a target for the
criticism and misunderstanding of the crowd around. If
you are going to be saved you must be prepared for this.
Are you prepared?
5. YOU MUST CONFESS THE
LORD TO OTHERS.
Look at the first five words
in verse 8. Zacchaeus did not go and hide. He had no
intention of being a secret disciple. He at once
identified himself with the Lord. If you are going to be
a real Christian and have the assurance of salvation,
open confession of faith in Christ is absolutely