Teacher: Rusty Kennedy
JESUS VISITS ZACCHAEUS
1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 There was a man named Zacchaeus (righteous one) who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
- They purchased their positions from the Roman Empire.
- Tax collectors would take more than was required by Caesar.
- Zacchaeus was a Jew who worked for the Gentiles.
- He was considered “earthly rich” but he was actually “eternally bankrupt”.
- Childlike – Curiosity and simple.
- Similar to Thanksgiving Day parade
- God sought after Adam & Eve in the Garden when they hid.
- Jesus, while on earth sought out the lost.
- Today, the Holy Spirit seeks the lost through the Church.
- Jesus was going to a tax collector’s home (sinner)
- Politically incorrect
- Tax collectors seen on the same levels as harlots and could not receive salvation… from a Jewish perspective.
- Faith came to Zacchaeus and he repented. He changed his mind about what he was doing.
- In Zacchaeus’ own home he became the guest because he made Jesus the Master of his life.
- “A” son of Abraham
- Jesus is not offering salvation to the nation of Jews but to the individual Jew.
- This all changed after Matthew 12 when the Jews accused Jesus of working under the power of Beelzebub.
- This is the evangelists verse.
THE PARABLE OF THE TEN MINAS
11 As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem, and they thought the kingdom of God was going to appear right away.
- Jesus is speaking to more than the disciples.
- The disciples believed that since they had seen the miracle of Jonah (Lazarus), that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem to set up the Messianic Kingdom.
14 “But his subjects (Jews) hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We don’t want this man to rule over us.’
15 “At his return (2nd Coming), having received the authority to be king, he summoned those servants he had given the money to, so that he could find out how much they had made in business. 16 The first came forward and said, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten more minas.’
17 “‘Well done, good servant!’ he told him. ‘Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, have authority over ten towns.’
- Received a reward.
19 “So he said to him, ‘You will be over five towns.’
- He too received a reward.
- It is important to know who the nobleman is…
- To actually know the heart of the nobleman.
- If you misinterpret the heart of the nobleman then you will live in fear and miss out on all that He has set aside for you.
25 “But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’
26 “‘I tell you, that to everyone who has, more will be given; and from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away.
- As believers in Jesus, we have been entrusted with a spiritual gift.
- 1 Peter 4:10 - Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.
- You either plug into life or plug into religion.
- The difference between living a life of religion and a life by the Spirit has to do with quality.
- The Judgment Seat of Christ
- 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 - each one’s work will become obvious. For the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. 14 If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will experience loss, but he himself will be saved—but only as through fire.
- Those who walk by the Spirit will receive responsibility and opportunity during the Millennial Reign of Christ here on earth.
- This would be the unredeemed who face the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation 20.
 Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (1 Pe 4:10). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
 Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (1 Co 3:13–15). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.