I love a good story. Whether I am watching a good story, or reading a good book, there is something about a good story that grips you. Everyone loves watching or reading a good story. Perhaps you’ve been drawn to these kinds of stories also. You want a team to come from behind, to see a person make it when everyone else counts them out, to see a relationship work even though it goes against the odds. Or maybe the stories that seem to pull you in are about a great friendship, or someone achieving some- thing after dreaming and working for it for a long time. Maybe it’s a story about a great love or a family that mirrors your own—or one that you wish your family was more like. It doesn’t matter if the story is about someone we know or someone in a book, movie or TV show. When it comes to appreciating a good story, our differences don’t matter—color, race, gender, religion. The fact of the matter is because we are human we are all drawn to a good story. Good stories make us come alive.
But I think for most of us, we’re not living that story. Our life has fallen into a rut—we are in the doldrums of boredom, and I think for most of us, we want to experience that great life—we want to experience that great story—but that means there are going to have to be some revisions. Today, we are starting a new series called (revised)—a series in which we are going to see Jesus’ life intersect people’s stories and we are going to see their stories truly change.
Big Idea: To experience change, Jesus does not offer correction but a relationship.
Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said.
“Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”
Luke 19:1-5 (NLT)
So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. Romans 7:17 (NLT)
Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.
But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:6-10 (NLT)