What’s Blocking Your View?

Posted on 15 Nov 2018

Scripture: Luke 19:1-10

by Pastor Brian Clater

Introduction:

This text illustrates for us that there are basically two types of people in the world: there are tall people and then there are short ones. There are some advantages to being tall, particularly when you are playing certain team sports. However, there are instances where being too big in life can work against you. In this text, Jesus comes face-to-face with a man named Zaccheus. He is a man of small stature, but he has developed a big persona, and has amassed a lot of money, along with a large ego. Zaccheus is described as the chief Jewish tax collector who is working for for the Roman government. Tax collectors were despised by the Jewish people for their underhanded business transactions that they perpetrated on their fellow citizens.  The Bible says that Jesus came to Jericho, where Zaccheus lived, in order to give a short man a better view of the Lord.

Main Point of the Message:

The Lord wants to save you from your sins. You can be saved from your sins by believing that Jesus is Lord, that He died on the cross for your sins, and that He was raised three days later from the dead. (See Romans 10:9 and Luke 19:10).

Biblical Context:

In our text, Jesus has arrived in Jericho and is immediately surrounded by many people (refer to Luke 19:3). They have come to see this Galiean preacher from Nazareth who preaches that He is the Son of God (see John 1:14). The Bible says that Zaccheus wanted to see Jesus, too, but he could not because the people were blocking his view. So, Zaccheus ran ahead of the crowd and climbed into a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus. But when Jesus came to the sycamore tree where Zaccheus was, He stopped and said to Zaaccheus, “You can’t fully see me unless you come down from where you are.” (See Luke 19:5).

Key Questions:

What is blocking your view of the Lord? Is it money? Prestige? Or, has your ego grown so large that it blocks your view of the Lord?

Points of the Sermon:

1. Notice the p_________ that affected Zaccheus’ life   (See Luke 19:3)

2. Notice the p___________ that was in Zaccheus’ life. (See Luke 19:4)

3. Notice the p_____________  that Zaccheus chose for his life. (See Luke 19:5)

4. Notice the p___________ of Zaccheus’ changed life (see Luke 19:8)

5. Notice the p____________ of Christ in Zaccheus’ life (See Luke 19:9-10)

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