Today’s passage: Luke 19:1-27
- Zacchaeus’ salvation was evidenced by repentance.
- He didn’t share his changed life with those who were grumbling to earn their favor. They had no authority and were unrepentant themselves. Zacchaeus spoke to his Lord and Savior.
- You have to know you are lost before you can be found.
- The wicked servant directly disobeyed clear orders, he blamed his master for his disobedience and called his master a thief.
- Every one of the people in this account were under the sovereignty of the Master and King, whether they wanted to be or not.
- Some of them served their master faithfully and were rewarded.
- Some of the people openly voiced their rejection.
- Some (At least the one) acted like they were serving the master but were not.
- These second and third groups were both characterized by this statement, “these…who did not want me to reign over them.”
Questions to consider:
- When Jesus became Zacchaeus’ Lord, whose opinion was Zacchaues concerned about? Who did he try to please? In doing good to others and making things right, who was he truly worshiping?
- Is there a single soul on the face of the earth who will not have to answer to God? Do we get to choose who is in charge? Who needs to hear the Gospel?
- How does 1 John 1:5-9 agree with this parable? What was the wicked servant trying to do? What was his end? What will happen for those who truly repent and follow Jesus?