SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 4/4/22
April 8, 2022, 12:16 PM

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U11 – FOR WEEK OF 4/4/22

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LUKE 19:1-10 – POOR LITTLE RICH MAN

Is there happiness in money?  If we were honest, we’d have to admit that we often think there is happiness in money. As Christians, we should realize that there is no real happiness in money.

1 Timothy 6:10 - For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Money can’t buy true friends.

Money can’t buy peace of mind.

Money can’t buy health.

Money can’t buy a contented family.

Money can’t buy happiness.

There is a man in the Bible who teaches this lesson.

His name is Zacchaeus. He was a rich man, but he was not a happy man. He was short in stature, so I think of him as a “Poor Little Rich Man”.

The point of studying Zacchaeus this morning is not to discuss money. But rather to encourage us to be sensitive to the needs of those who are unsaved.

We want to be sensitive to the needs of the unsaved, because, as will see in a few minutes, our Master was sensitive to the needs of the unsaved. And it’s all about Jesus!

True wealth is not based on how much money a person has in the bank or how much possessions he owns.  True wealth is based on the condition of that person’s soul.

Remember this: Any person rich or poor in this world and without Jesus is poor in the next world. They are facing eternal damnation.  Revelation 20:15

The story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10 is a story of contrasts.

THOUGH HE WAS RICH, YET HE WAS POOR

Vss. 1-2 – Zacchaeus’ name means “righteous one”.

He was not living up to his name.

The Jewish religious leaders of Jericho would not have considered Zacchaeus as righteous.

He was the chief tax collector.

Jericho was on a trade route. There would have lots of taxes to collect. Zacchaeus was the head of those who collected the taxes.  He would have gotten a cut or commission from the tax collectors. And although a tax collector could make a living and be honest, it was in not being honest, but in taking as much as possible, that generally made tax collectors rich men. We generally assume that Zacchaeus was dishonest, and it seems likely that he was. He would have been despised even if honest.

The Jews considered publicans, or tax collectors, as traitors.

This is because they were agents of the government that was ruling over them, the Roman Empire.  Tax collectors were despised by other Jews.

Zacchaeus’ occupation made him rich, but he was only a poor man. Zacchaeus was poor in the things of God.

And let’s face it, when all is said and done, how wealthy we are in the things of God is all that will matter after we leave this life.

You might remember another rich man.  His ground was so productive that he had an over abundance. Luke 12:17-22

There are many today who are rich in this world’s goods, but not rich towards God.  We should be concerned about them.

And we must remember that there was a day when we were in the same boat.

Zacchaeus, like all of us, was born into spiritual poverty.

He was born a sinner, and like us lived the life of the sinner.

Now matter how good or how moral a person appears on the outside we are all sinners.

How do we know that sinners are poor? Ephesians 2:1

Here was Zacchaeus, like every unsaved person you have ever met, poor without Christ.

Let us remember the plight of the unsaved. If a man does not have Christ, no matter how nice a man or lady he or she may be, if a man does not have Christ, He has nothing! Mark 8:36-37

THOUGH HE SOUGHT, YET HE WAS FOUND

Vs. 3 – Zacchaeus was under conviction.

God, the Holy Spirit was already working on Zacchaeus. Romans 8:29-30 – Gate illustration – “Whosoever will”, “Chosen in Him before the foundation of the world”.

Somehow Zacchaeus knew that Jesus had the answers to his problems.

Before Zacchaeus started to seek God, God started to seek Him.

The same is true today.  God, through His Spirit seeks men before they seek Him. John 16:8-11

And why did Jesus go to the cross?  He went to the cross on our behalf, seeking our well-being. John 3:16 a reality because of Jesus willingly went to the cross.

If one of your friends has an unusual burden of guilt, an unusual desire to find out more about Spiritual things, perhaps the Holy Spirit is working on him to bring him to Christ.

Allow the Holy Spirit to use you to help bring him to the Savior.

Vs. 4 – Zacchaeus so wanted to see Jesus and couldn’t because he was short.

What was he to do?

He runs ahead and climbs a sycamore tree.

Here was a rich man, an important man.

Here was a man already despised by the Jews.

Here was a man who swallowed all his pride and gave up all his dignity so he could see Jesus.

Nothing was more important to him than seeing Jesus.

Notice something else. Zacchaeus was acting like a child. A child will humble himself. A child will simply trust. A child will not care so much about the crowd. Luke 18:17

Yes, Zacchaeus humbled himself like a child to see Jesus.

You and I, even though we are saved, should do the same.

Vs. 5 – Zacchaeus was seeking.

Notice, however, that Jesus found Zacchaeus!

As we said a few moments ago, before we start to seek, God is seeking us.

Jesus came to Jericho to find Zacchaeus.

We kiddingly say that a guy chases a girl until she catches him. We seek God until he catches us because God was seeking us all along.  

Only instance in the Gospels that Jesus invites Himself to dinner!  He’s always at home with those truly seeking Him.

Vs. 6 – If Zacchaeus lacked dignity going up the tree, I’m sure he lacked it more coming down the tree. But what did he care? The Master was coming to his house!

THOUGH HE WAS HATED, YET HE WAS LOVED

Vs. 7 – Jesus never did things to please the crowd.

Notice what the chief tax collector was called – a sinner!

He was hated by about everyone except fellow tax collectors, and the Lord Jesus.

You may be hated by every other person on earth, but you are loved by Jesus.

You probably know some pretty miserable unsaved sinners, some you love, and some you don’t even talk to.  But let me tell you something. Jesus loves these people! 1 John 4:10

It’s about time that we started bringing the lovely Savior to some not so lovely sinners like we once were.   

THOUGH HE GAVE, YET HE RECEIVED

After dinner, Zacchaeus made a statement.

Vs. 8 – Zacchaeus states that he is going to give half of what he owns to the poor. He had been amassing wealth, but now he realized that he didn’t need all that.

Zacchaeus also decided to make restitution with interest to those he knew he had cheated. There was definite change in his life. Why this sudden, giving heart?

Vs. 9 – Zacchaeus decided to give because he had received.

            Salvation had come to Zacchaeus’ house.

Was he saved because he decided to give away a fortune? No! Giving away the fortune proved he had been saved.

Zacchaeus was doing what saved people do.

  1. He was making things right was those he had wronged.
  2. He was laying up treasure in Heaven. Matthew 6:19-21

When a person puts their trust in Christ change will take place.

There will be a desire to make things right for past wrongs.

There will be a desire for the things of God.

There will be a desire to live correctly, because of what Christ has done.

We don’t change because we want to become Christians.

We change because we are Christians.   

We change because God has changed us.

How did Zacchaeus change?

He became a “son of Abraham”.

We don’t mean he became a physical descendent of Abraham. He already was that.

He became a Spiritual descendant, one who followed Abraham’s faith example. Romans 4:3, 11, Galatians 3:7,9

Now the whole passage is summed up in verse 10.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Jesus went to Jericho to find Zacchaeus, the one who was lost.

He is still seeking and saving the lost today.

We claim to be His followers.

How can we do less and claim to follow Him and have His concerns at heart?

Zacchaeus was the poor little rich man.

THOUGH HE WAS RICH, YET HE WAS POOR – Vss. 1-2

THOUGH HE SOUGHT, YET HE WAS FOUND – Vss. 3-6

THOUGH HE WAS HATED, YET HE WAS LOVED – Vs. 7

THOUGH HE GAVE, YET HE RECEIVED – Vss. 8-10

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MATTHEW 27:32-66 – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

LEAD ME TO CALVARY #4 of 4

Christ’s work for the redemption of lost sinners was accomplished at Calvary.

ACCOMPLISHED BY THE FINAL JOURNEY – Matthew 27:32-33, Luke 23:26-31, Mark 15:21

  • Jesus began by carrying his own cross (John 19:17) but was too weak to continue. Based on Mark 15:21, what can we surmise about Simon?

ACCOMPLISHED BY CRUCIFIXION – Matthew 27:34-38, John 19:19-22

  • Why did Jesus refuse the sour wine that He was offered?
  • Why do you think Pilate insisted on writing the accusation against Jesus the way he did?

ACCOMPLISHED WITH VERBAL ABUSE – Matthew 27:39-44, Luke 23:39-43

  • In spite of the vengeful verbal abuse Jesus received, there was a bright moment.

What was it, and what does it teach us?

ACCOMPLISHED WITH SEPARATION FROM GOD, THE FATHER – Matthew 27:45-49

  • How did this darkest moment in Jesus’ life become the brightest moment in Jesus’ life?

ACCOMPLISHED IN VICTORY – Matthew 27:50-54, Luke 23:44-46, John 19:28-30

  1. The Proclamation of Victory – John 19:30
  2. The Prayer of Victory – Luke 23:46
  3. The Power of Victory – Matthew 27:50-53
  • The Torn Veil – Vs. 51
  • The Earthquake – Vs. 52
  • The Resurrected Saints – Vs. 53
  1. The Persuasion of Victory – Vs. 54 – The first converts after Jesus’ death.

ACCOMPLISHED WITH SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS – Matthew 27:55-61, John 19:38-42

  • The ladies who were at the cross and at the tomb were loyal. Why is loyalty important?
  • In spite of Joseph being a “secret disciple”, what can be said in praise of him and Nicodemus?

ACCOMPLISHED WITH PROTECTIVE MEASURES – Matthew 27:62-66

  • Why were the Jewish authorities so adamant about having the tomb secured and guarded?

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THAT’S FRIENDSHIP!

PROVERBS 12:26, 17:17, 18:24, 27:5-6,9,10,17

  • In general, what makes a friend a good friend?
  • In specific, what makes a friend a good Christian friend?
  • Tell us about a good Christian friend you have or had.

The Book of Proverbs has some neat things to say about friendship.

THE CHOICE OF A FRIEND – Proverbs 12:26, Proverbs 18:24a

  • We should be careful in choosing our closest friends. Why? Proverbs 13:20, Psalm 1:1,

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

  • Proverbs 18:24a (ESV) - A man of many companions may come to ruin…

THE COUNCIL OF A FRIEND – Proverbs 27:5-6, 9

  • Vss. 5-6 – A true friend will rebuke us and tell us the truth. Galatians 6:1, Proverbs 25:11
  • Why is it hard to be honest with a friend?
  • Vs. 9 – What valuable piece of good council have you received from a friend? 

THE CONSISTENCY AND COMFORT OF A FRIEND – Proverbs 27:10, Proverbs 17:17

  • Proverbs 27:10a – Consider Hiram and Rehoboam. 1 Kings 5:1-7, 1 Kings 12:6-8
  • Proverbs 27:10a – How have you been faithful to one of your parents’ friends?
  • Proverbs 10b, 17:17 – I used the example of one our congregation who “loves at all times.”

THE COMPETENCE OF A FRIEND – Proverbs 27:17

  • In a good friendship, each person helps the other become a better person. In a good Christian friendship, each Christian helps the other become a better Christian.
  • Consider David and Jonathan. 1 Samuel 18:1-4, 23:16, 2 Samuel 1:25-26

THE CHOICEST FRIEND – Proverbs 18:24, John 15:13-16

  • LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT JESUS!

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ISAIAH 53 – THE STORY OF THE CROSS

I want us to go back to the Old Testament and reflect on the prophecy of Isaiah 53, which tells the story of Jesus' atonement for our sins long before it happened. We will consider the Story of the Cross.

THE SIMPLICITY OF THE CROSS - Vss. 1-2

Vss. 1-2 - A tender plant is a shoot. Just a little wee thing.

               Jesus came simply. He was God, but was born to the

               home of a humble carpenter through the Virgin

               Mary. 

He was of the Kingly line of David, but did not have the benefits of living in a King's house.

He was as a root coming out of a dry ground.

Think of Israel at that the time.  The once proud nation was now a desert politically and spiritually.

Israel this time was under Roman domination.  Israel really did not control its own affairs. Rome ruled, and what Rome said was the law that superseded all other laws.  Their political system was a desert.

Israel at this time was also a desert spiritually. They worshipped in the temple, but many were entwined in a liberalism that didn't believe in the resurrection or in a conservatism that led to legalism.

Not only did the Israel have God's law, but it added many man-made writings that interpreted the law.  They took their man-made ideas and in many ways placed them on equal footing with God's Word.

It says here that Jesus had no form nor comeliness. That doesn't mean Jesus was ugly.  Although as the perfect man, I believe Jesus was good looking, but I don't feel that he looked much different than any other Jewish man.  Contrary to some of the classic art works, Jesus did not walk around with a glow or halo on His head.  He simply looked the part of a humble servant.

There is another way that Jesus had no form nor comeliness.

It goes along with the last phrase in Vs. 2 - and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

When he was on the cross, suffering for our sins, there was no beauty to be found in what people could see. Isaiah 52:14

The birth and life of Jesus were in many ways simple.

His appearance on the cross was also simple.

THE SHAME OF THE CROSS - Vs. 3

Why did Jesus go to the cross?

Yes, to die for our sins.

But Jesus was nailed to a cross, because He was despised by the very people he came to save, especially their leadership.

Going along with Jesus being despised, He was also rejected. John 1:11

We are told here that Jesus was a man of sorrows and aquatinted with grief.   Jesus took upon his shoulders the sins of the world. In order to die for sin he had to bear the sin.

…and we hid as it were, our faces from him.

The very people he came to save hid their faces from Jesus.

That's a shame! And yet today, people who Jesus came to save our still turning their backs on Him by failing to believe in him as their Savior.

It says, he was despised and we esteemed him not. Luke 23:35-37, Luke 23:39

THE SACRIFICE OF THE CROSS - Vss. 4-6

Vs. 4 - The Jews thought of Jesus as being judged by God, that is, stricken and smitten by God.

But that is not what was truly happening.

What was really happening was that Jesus was bearing on the cross the griefs and sorrows caused by our sin. The words griefs and sorrows mean pain and sickness.  He was taking the pain and sickness of our sins upon His own shoulders. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Vs. 5 - Jesus was wounded and bruised for our transgressions and iniquities.

Jesus was chastised so we could have peace with God.

Somebody had to appease God for our sins.

This is what Jesus did. Romans 5:9, 5:1

Vs. 6 - Like sheep every one of us have gone astray. Romans 3:23

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Everyone one of us has done our own sinful thing and gone our own sinful way.

In love God laid our sins on to His Son. It is with His stripes, His beatings, His wounds that we are healed.   

THE SILENCE OF THE CROSS - Vss. 7-9

I see two kinds of silence here.

  • Silence of Words - Vs. 7

When Jesus was asked concerning his identity, He answered.

When Jesus was falsely accused, mocked, and beaten, he remained silent.

He took it quietly.

It is often hard for us to take abuse quietly.

Jesus took the most abuse of all, and took it quietly.

· Silence of Death - Vss. 8-9

Jesus was cut off from the land of the living. His voice was now silent.

God allowed Jesus to be buried in a rich man's tomb.

He had earned it.

THE SATISFACTION OF THE CROSS - Vss. 10-12

There is not just sorrow in Isaiah 53.

Isaiah 53 ends on a high note.

For all the grief found in Isaiah 53, there is much satisfaction.

I see satisfaction here in three ways:

  • Satisfaction of Resurrection - Vs. 10

God was certainly satisfied with the work of Jesus on the cross.

Notice, that because God was satisfied, "he shall prolong his days."

Jesus' Days were prolonged by His resurrection from the dead. Revelation 1:18

Also notice it says that Jesus shall see his seed.

That would be his descendants.

Jesus had no physical descendants.

But Jesus has plenty of descendants.

Every person who places their faith and trust in Christ is a descendant of Jesus who has the same hope of eternal life. John 14:1-3, 19

And the neat thing is that there is still room for more descendents. Revelation 22:17 says, And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Notice also in verse 10 that the pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.   

I am sure that there are many ways to interpret this phrase, but I want to suggest one specific idea.

Where is Jesus right now?

He's in Heaven sitting at the right hand of God.

He is prospering at the right hand of God. Romans 8:34, Psalm 110:1  

· Satisfaction of Justification - Vs. 11

Vs. 11 - May I remind you again of Romans 5:1- Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Because of what Jesus did on the cross, whoever has placed their faith in Christ has eternal life.  

Jesus has justified millions of people, including most, if not all in this room.

Jesus has every reason to be satisfied with the wonderful redemption He has wrought for so many.

· Satisfaction of Glory - Vs. 12, Philippians 2:9-11

Jesus has a portion with the great.

He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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MATTHEW 21:1-11 – PALM SUNDAY

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DISCIPLES Vss. 1-3

They were to go and do exactly as they were told.

As modern day disciples, this is still our responsibility.

THE REASON FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS Vss. 4-5

God's Word would be fulfilled if the disciples obeyed.

Fulfilling God's will is the best reason in the world for obeying God. After all, God's will is "good, acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2)

THE RESPONSE OF OBEDIENCE Vss. 6-7

Here is a great compliment here.

The disciples do exactly as they were told.

May this also be our response to God's directions.

 THE REACTION OF THE CROWD Vss. 8-11

They gave to Jesus adoration and praise.

We should do the same! See Revelation 4:11

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LUKE 24:41a – TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

"And while they yet believed not for joy..."

Sometimes God presents things to us and we think that they are "too good to be true". The disciples thought that Jesus being alive was too good to be true and had trouble believing. There are some things that seem to be too good to be true, but are anyway.

REDEMPTION IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, BUT IT IS TRUE!

1 Peter 1:18-19, Romans 5:6-9

Jesus shed His blood on Calvary to redeem us!

REGENERATION IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, BUT IT IS TRUE!

John 3:1-7, John 1:12-13, 1 Peter 1:3, 23

Anyone who truly trusts Christ as Savior is "born again".

RESPONSIBILITY IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, BUT IT IS TRUE!

Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:11-12

God has chosen to use us in his ministry. Some will be missionaries, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Others will be lay leaders in the church. All of us have a Spiritual gift to use, and all of us can be witnesses for Christ.

REWARDS ARE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, BUT THEY ARE TRUE!

1 Corinthians 4:5, 9:25, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4, Revelation 2:10

Jesus will reward his faithful servants. What will we do with our crowns? We will lay them at the feet of Jesus!

Revelation 4:11-12

RESURRECTION IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, BUT IT IS TRUE!

1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 51-58 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

We will be risen from the dead!

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ROMANS 11:33-12:2 - BASIC HOLINESS

  • What is holiness and why is it important?
  • We learn a lot about holiness from the Book of Romans.
  • In our text this evening, I see some basic steps in our pursuit of holiness. I often need to be reminded of these steps. Let’s examine them briefly.

CONSIDER GOD’S GREATNESS – Romans 11:33-36

I believe these verses are a response to all that Paul has said previously.

  1. God Has Good News. (Introduction) – Romans 1:1-17
  2. All Are Lost Sinners. – Romans 1:18 – 3:20
  3. Salvation Is by Faith. – Romans 3:21 – 5:21
  4. The Process of Christian Growth – Romans 6:1 – 8:39
  5. God Is Sovereign. – Romans 9:1 – 11:32

Summing up Romans 11:33-36 – God is awesome and worthy of our worship!

COMMIT YOUR BODY – Romans 12:1

  • Because God is awesome, we should, as Christians, dedicate ourselves to Him.
  • What does it mean to present our bodies as a living sacrifice?
  • In my life who is the most important person to please? That should affect our behavior!
  • Why is this the least that I can do (reasonable service)?

CORRECT YOUR THINKING – Romans 12:2

  • What does it mean to be conformed?
  • What does it mean to be transformed?
  • I see at least three key ingredients to transformation:
  1. God’s Word
  2. God’s Spirit
  3. My cooperation (obedience)
  • According to the rest of this verse, what is the goal of this transformation?

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