“I am willing to bear the shame for you if only I can be with you,” Jesus says.

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GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING series
LUKE 19 (About Zacchaeus the tax collector)
Everyone around Zacch hates him (the govt, the community, and even himself). Now here’s Jesus who can be the only one not to hate him.
Luke 19:3,And he was SEEKING to see who Jesus was, but in account of the crowd he could not….” “So he RAN on ahead and CLIMBED up into a sycamore trees.”
And when Jesus came, “…Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I MUST stay at your house today.”
  • God takes time to stop for us.
  • Jesus comes to us not because we are good but bec HE IS GOOD.
  • He calls us for what we could become and not what we are today.
Jesus says “I MUST stay at your house…”
  • This signifies that Jesus all along seeks us.
  • It is Jesus who seeks us, not us seeking Him.
Luke 19:7, “And when they saw it, they (the crowd) all GRUMBLED, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
  • The same day they glorified and praised Jesus (backstory: Jesus helped a blin restore his sight and the crowd praised Him) was the same day they condemn him (because of Zacchaeus whom He help despite being a sinner).
  • Jesus goes to be with us even if we are a sinner. He is saying “I am willing to bear the shame of being with you, for you, if only I can be with you.”
  • Jesus was willing to bear the shame when he gets accused on the account of just being with Zacchaeus.
  • And how many times do we live as Christians and live in the way we shame Christ and yet He continue to seek us and love us?
  • Because Jesus is bigger than our sins and bigger than the shame we bring upon.
  • Jesus is saying, “I MUST be with you.” IN CHRIST, THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION. 
OUR RESPONSE TO HIS CALL IS WHAT HE SEEKS FOR. 
Zacchaeus’ Response:
Luke 19:8, “And Zach stopd and said, Lord, “BEHOLD LORD, the half of my goods I GIVE to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I RESTORE IT fourfold.”
  • Zacchaeus’ response manifests the message, “Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” “I want to be reached by God to enrich others.”
“I RESTORE IT FOURFOLD.” (mathematically not enough after giving half of his goods to the poor)
  • Zach is saying “I don’t have enough but for the rest of my days I will work to pay that off. So my life is yours.” THERE IS NO RECOURSE BUT TO GIVE.
  • Everything we do must be a joyful sacrifice because “When God pours out His grace for us, there is no recourse for His grace but to overflow.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today, SALVATION has come to this house, since he is also a son of Abraham.”
  • “HAS COME” (present perfect) – It is finished. The salvation has been perfected.
  • Only Christianity speaks of salvation in a completed manner. It is past perfect. It is finished. In other religions, salvation is a process that you must have to go through…
  • But the bible tells us this:
Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came TO SEEK AND TO SAVE the lost.”
  • Jesus says His purpose is to seek and to save.
  • Everything we do now is simply a response to the grace He extends to us.  
  • Remember in Luke 19:3 when Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore tree, “came SEEKING to see who Jesus was?”
In reality, it is Jesus who is seeking us. “I MUST STAY at your house,” he said. He had it all planned. In reality, it was him who voluntarily hung on a tree because He is seeking us. 
(08-25-18 excerpts from Pastor Nixon’s preaching at Victory Malate)

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