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Conversion of a Sinner
Luke 19:1-10
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 meet.

2. YOU MUST OVERCOME SOME OBSTACLES.
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 Christ.

3. YOU MUST RECEIVE THE LORD JESUS AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOUR.
Look at 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 essential.








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