Zacchaeus’ Open House

bigstock-Beautiful-park-tree-58128626To get a good understanding of what happens in Jericho in Luke chapter 19, we must consider what happened before Jesus arrived in Jericho. In Luke 18:35-43, we find the account of Blind Bartimaeus and his friend (Mark 10 & Matthew 20) receiving their sight!

“And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.” Luke 18:43

I’m sure, because of the crowds gathered around Christ and because of what He had just done, Christ’s reputation preceded Him. Even before Christ arrived in Jericho, word about what had happened, I’m sure, reached the city. Zacchaeus, being the chief publican in Jericho, would have had a strategic position to hear the news of what Christ had just done. Quite possibly, someone from the crowd came running to Zacchaeus and said, “Did you hear what just happened just outside the city on the road leading into town?

I’m reminded of the testimony of John Newton, a slave trader who experienced the saving grace of God:

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see
.

Do you have that same testimony? Are you living that testimony? Can others see that testimony in your life? Or are you hiding that testimony under a bushel?

Hide it under a bushel – NO!
I’m gonna let it shine!
Hide it under a bushel – NO!
I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

That is where we find ourselves – and Zacchaeus – at the beginning of Luke chapter 19!

Message preached on Sunday morning, February 22, 2015 by Pastor Joseph Campbell. Click here for Pastor Campbell’s notes.

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