Luke- Week 19- Day 5

(9)  And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.  (10)  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:9-10

Explanation:

Jesus responds to the faith and repentance of Zacchaeus here in a tangible way.  He declares that salvation has come to Zacchaeus.  His tangible faith in Jesus Christ has made him regenerate.  His sins are forgiven.

What does he mean that salvation has come to this household?  We know that this does not mean that now his family is automatically saved.  What it does mean is that there is someone who is saved in the home.  Zacchaeus’s influence as a saved man whose heart is no longer towards sin but is towards Jesus will have an effect on his family.

What does Jesus mean when he says “forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham”?  Jesus could mean that even though Zacchaeus was classified a “sinner” he was still a Jew ethnically.  He still belonged to that family and was part of the nation to which God had made so many promises. 

He could also mean that He was in the same spiritual state as Abraham.  What did Paul say about Abraham?

(1)  What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?  (2)  For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.  (3)  For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Romans 4:1-3

What was Paul quoting?  He was quoting Genesis 15:6 where the scripture says about Abraham:

(6)  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Genesis 15:6

Abraham was not justified by works.  Abraham was justified by faith.  God made declared Him as righteous and imputed Christ’s righteousness to Abraham’s account because of Abraham’s faith in God. 

Abraham’s faith was justified by his works.  He lived a life of faith as demonstrated by His works.  His works did not save him, but his works made it clear that his faith was real.

This same thing was true of Zacchaeus, and so the same justification and salvation came to Zacchaeus.

So, which one is it?  Was Jesus saying that He was Jewish, or that He was saved like Abraham was?  I believe it is both. How is this possible?  I believe it is possible because of verse 10.

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

Luke 19:10

God was not acknowledging that faith in Zacchaeus or Abraham was merit.  They were not earning their salvation through their faith.  God was declaring them righteous because Jesus came to seek them out like he had done for Zacchaeus.  God had sent Jesus to die and rise again so that God could declare them as righteous and treat them that way through faith in Jesus.

Application:

Are you in the same spiritual household as Abraham? Have you believed God, and trusted in Christ?  Jesus is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  Zacchaeus acknowledged his need for a Savior, acknowledged Jesus as Lord, confessed his sin, and repented.  His faith was genuine in that his works showed his repentance, and Jesus declared his salvation.  It changed his family.  Have you done this?  Have you acknowledged your sin and need for a Savior?  Have you truly repented and put your faith in Christ?  He has come to seek and to save that which was lost!  Have you put your faith in Jesus?

Response:

How should you respond to the Savior today?

Luke- Week 19- Day 4

(8)  And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 

Luke 19:8

Explanation:

Zacchaeus responds in a way that we must emulate here.  How so?

1.  He calls him Lord.  He acknowledges Jesus as authoritative.  He believes that how He is about to respond is in keeping with what Jesus would desire and even demand.

2. He repents.  Repentance is a change in mind.  He used to see people as a means to enrich himself through taking advantage of them.  Now he sees his role as being a blessing to people through his prosperity. 

3. He brings forth fruit in keeping with repentance.  This is where the rubber meets the road.  Not only does his thinking change, but His behavior does as well.  He divests himself of a part of his riches in helping those in need and doing what he can to restore the ones he took advantage of in his life. 

Application:

These three are sequential.  Once he acknowledges Jesus as Lord, He takes on Jesus’ perspective.  When he does the fruit of his hands in works follows the change of mind and heart in repentance.

The same should be true with us.  If we say that we have repented, there should be fruit in keeping with that repentance.  Good works always follows faith.

(8)  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

(9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

(10)  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-10

We are not saved by good works, but we are saved unto good works. 

(18)  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

James 2:18

If we have faith, and there has been repentance, there will be fruit in our lives in keeping with that repentance.

Response:

Does your fruit show that there is a good root?

Great Expectations Sunday School Training- Part 2 and 3

What expectations should drive a Great Commission Sunday School Class? What is an open group? What is a closed group? How can we use our classes to help people takes steps toward Christ? Enjoy part 2 and 3 of the Great Expectations Sunday School training.

Watch Session 1 if you missed it!

Great Expectations Sunday School Part 1

What expectations should drive a Great Commission Sunday School Class? What is an open group? What is a closed group? How can we use our classes to help people takes steps toward Christ? Enjoy part 1 of the Great Expectations Sunday School training.

Great Expectations Sunday School Part 1

What expectations should drive a Great Commission Sunday School Class? What is an open group? What is a closed group? How can we use our classes to help people takes steps toward Christ? Enjoy part 1 of the Great Expectations Sunday School training.

Part 2 and 3 can be found below.