Driven by Desire
Intro: I asked some people I went camping with a question last weekend,
“If you could have anything you wanted, what would it be?"
Luke 18:41 “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord, I want to see,” he replied. (blind man from last week into Zacchaeus)
1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
Jesus was passing through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem.
Mentioned only in Luke (high mileage stories)
(Martha, you are troubled about many things, but Mary has chosen the better portion. And it will not be taken from her.)
Zacchaeus had a shortcoming but found a way to make up for it.
Maybe this deficit drove his life.
(short man syndrome)
1. Desire determines the course of a life.
Jesus asked the blind man, what do you want me to do for you?
This story come next…
Zacchaeus also wanted to see Jesus.
What do you want?
The answer to that question determines the course of your life.
The appetite of laborers works for them;
their hunger drives them on.
To what? Food.
Security, status, influence, pleasure, acceptance, community?
How strong is your desire for Jesus?
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him,
“Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
Being up in the tree singled him out in a way even a tall man wouldn’t have.
Jesus saw his heart… his hunger, his readiness, his willingness.
2. Desire for God’s presence is rewarded
“…whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those who seek him.…”
Example: My DTS came when I was ready.
Listen to what Zacchaeus did when he met Jesus.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Why did Zacchaeus just instantly repent?
He didn’t want to be a sinner anymore. He was ready for change.
Why don’t some people see reality?
Lots of people saw Jesus and didn’t react appropriately.
Example: I am sick. The Great Physician is coming through town, but I either ignore him or try to kill him.
Zacchaeus wanted to “get well” RIGHT NOW.
You see sin for what it is. SICKNESS.
He was ‘sick and tired’ of being ‘sick and tired’.
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.
I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ..”
3. Jesus always arrives on time
We pick up the story here.
Zacchaeus might have prayed, might have been looking for a way out.
We can’t be sure, but we know he was ready when Jesus came along.
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.
Unbelief is the opposite of readiness.
Example: Israel’s unbelief dying off in the wilderness.
The promised land would have been wasted on them.
4. Readiness is a requirement for salvation
Example: “Look there, you have a tick on you."
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
2 Corinthians 7:10-11
Zacchaeus did it NOW.
Delayed obedience is disobedience.
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
Why wouldn’t he want to be healed?
Sin has some appeal or no one would do it.
Maybe it was part of his identity.
Listen to the ‘time elements’ in this passage.
Jesus says, “Come down immediately.”
And Zacchaeus, “…he came down at once..”
“Here and now i will give…”
And finally, this one:
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house,
because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Zacchaeus had betrayed Israel because he collected taxes for Rome.
In a sense, he renounced being a son of Abraham…
He was saved and with him, his whole house.
Just the same way sin started in one man,
5. Salvation overflows from one to many
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
When Jesus comes by and asked you, “What do you want?”
Are you looking for Jesus?
Are you ready?