2021 THEME: Life on the Edge
Series: Eyes Wide Open
TITLE: Eyes of Transformation
Scripture: Luke 19: 1-9
I. A SINNER MEETS A SAVIOR
“The skeptic may deny our doctrine or attack your church, but he cannot honestly ignore the fact that your life has been cleaned up and revolutionized. He may stop his ears to the presentations of a preacher like me, or the pleadings of an evangelist, but he is somehow attracted to the human interest story of how you-John Q Public-found peace within. Believe me, the steps that led to your conversion are far more appealing and appropriate to the lost than a pulpit exposition of John 3 or Romans 8.” Chuck Swindoll
Zacchaeus was a very wealthy man. His name means (righteous one) or (pure).
II. A SINNER TRANSFORMED BY THE SAVIOR
To Jesus, Zacchaeus was not someone to (despise), but someone to (love).
An invitation to a meal had many ritual overtones:
1. How the (hands were washed).
2. How the (food was prepared).
3. How the (dishes and pots were cleaned).
4. Whom (you sat/reclined next to).
(Transformation) is real and candid when it can be seen.
Z commits to do two things:
1) Give up ½ his earnings to the poor
2) Restore 4-fold to those he defrauded.
Next Week: Eyes of Forgiveness- John 8: 1-11